by: Mac Maclamore
Sony has issued a name change and a new short list of writers to bring to life the DISHONOURABLES. The project, previously known as “Royal Honour Society”, originally hails from a pitch by producer Ernest Lupinacci, and a script from husband and wife team Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney. The story, which combines elements of “Sherlock Holmes” with “X-Men”, centers on a young Winston Churchill, as he is tasked to form a secret society of the most brilliant young minds of the time (H.G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mary Wolstonecraft [Mary Shelley], Jules Verne, Rudyard Kipling, and Bram Stoker) to fight the supernatural forces of an evil Rasputin and save the world on a series of adventures that would later be fictionalized into each writer’s most acclaimed novels.
Sign. Us. Up!
The studio is now looking to bring on a new writer to do a pass before reaching out to directors. And looking at the shortlist, it’s no wonder why these guys are on there.
While we hear Pearce is their current front-runner, we also hear everyone is in consideration. So, who makes the most sense here? Lets look at some of the work they’ve done.
Drew Pearce – While he only has one film under his belt at this time, that film was also “Iron Man 3”. Following that, he is currently writing “Mission Impossible 5” for Paramount, “Sherlock Holmes 3” for Warners, and he even did an uncredited pass on the upcoming “Godzilla”.
Jamie Vanderbilt – Already a Sony favorite, Vanderbilt’s resume is pretty lengthy, but also riddled with a few duds. He made waves in 2012, when the studio bought his action spec “White House Down” for a cool $3 million, and he wrote “The Amazing Spider-Man”. However, in that same year he also wrote “Total Recall”. Vanderbilt has however built an impressive resume of big-budget in-development/production projects, ranging from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” to “Independence Day 2”.
Josh Appelbaum & Andre Nemec – TV juggernauts who have worked on everything from “Fast Lane” to “Life on Mars”, with a little “Alias” in between, this duo wrote “Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol”, and did passes on “21 Jump Street” and “Now You See Me” before filling their ‘in-development’ slates with work on the “Beverly Hills Cop” reboot, “The Dirty Dozen” remake, and the upcoming “Ninja Turtles”.
Oren Uziel – One of the fastest-rising writers in this town, Uziel has big projects in development, but has yet to see one grace the screen. He has fast become a Sony favorite, with his work crossing studio projects “22 Jump Street”, “The Kitchen Sink”, “Men in Black 4” and “Inherit the Earth”. He also has “Overnight” set up at Disney, and “The God Particle” set up at Paramount.
Travis Beacham – Beacham is most well known as the writer of “Pacific Rim” and “Clash of the Titans”, but the project that seems to weave this potential assignment into place the most is one of his first ever spec scripts “Killing on Carnival Row”.