Warning: If you are an aspiring or struggling screenwriter in Hollywood, you might not want to read this story. It will only make angry and/or jealous.

Disney and Bruckheimer Films have just paid somewhere between low-seven figures and $3.5 million for Terry Rossio and Bill Marsilii's Lightspeed. And no, we're not talking about them purchasing some already-finished, independent sci-fi flick for distribution; that's how much they paid for the script for Lightspeed.

Forking over that much for scripts isn't exactly unheard of in Hollywood, but prices that high also aren't exactly common. And when deals that pricey do go down, one would usually expect them to involve A-list screenwriters adapting a #1 Best Seller. Rossio and Marsilii, on the other hand, have only one feature film under their collaborative belt, Tony Scott's Deja Vu (though Rossio did help write the first Pirates of the Caribbean). So what are the Mouse House and the megaproducer getting for their multi-million dollar script?

Variety describes it thusly: "Story centers on a young pilot who makes the Earth Interstellar Racing Team and must take his ship on a perilous journey across the galaxy on the brink of war." That certainly sounds promising (and definitely fits the Bruckheimer mold of over-the-top spectacle), but it will be a while before any of us know seeing as no actors or directors are currently attached to the project.
categories Movies, Sci-Fi