The high-concept actioneer is set in a post-apocalyptic world where Earth has an army made entirely of clones and raised under a strict and ruthless code. Two clone soldiers, an old and young man, try to escape the tyrannical rule and they journey across the planet with a group of soldiers hot on their trail in search of a new life in Arcadia, an alleged safe zone.
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura will produce, with Mark Vahradian overseeing for the company, which operates with a first-look deal at Paramount. While Arcadia has yet to be set up, there’s speculation that Di Bonaventura will head outside of the studio to secure financing for the pic. Arcadia’s premise has the action-packed thrills and mainstream sci-fi appeal that are in line with some of Di Bonaventura’s most successful projects, including Red, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and the billion dollar Transformers franchise.
The news comes hot on the heels of Lemke closing a deal to return to write the sequel to Goosebumps starring Jack Black. The adaptation of the series of YA novels raked in over $80 million domestically and another $77 million internationally.
Di Bonaventura’s upcoming features include Unlocked starring Noomi Rapace and Orlando Bloom as well as the Peter Berg-directed Deepwater Horizon, a drama based on the worst oil spill in U.S. history starring Mark Wahlberg. The company is currently in development with the extended Transformers universe and the forthcoming G.I. Joe sequel.
In addition to Goosebumps, Lemke has written other family-oriented fare such as the animated feature Turbo as well as Jack the Giant Slayer and Shrek Forever After. He has many projects in development including Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and is set to enter the comic book movie world as the writer for DC’s Shazam! starring Dwayne Johnson.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer