Paramount Snatches Up Adventure Spec 'ARES'

Paramount Pictures has bought ARES, an action-adventure spec written by Michael Starrbury the studio hopes will launch a franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

All that's known about the screenplay is what ARES stands for (Allied Recovery of the Extraordinary and Supernatural) and that the film is supposed to be similar in tone to blockbusters like Indiana Jones and Men in Black.

Paramount reportedly paid somewhere in the mid-six figure range for the project, which has been developed over the past year by Starrbury and Drew Simon. Mark Gordon is attached as a producer, along with Simon and Michele Wolkoff.

Starburry previously provided the script for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, a drama directed by George Tillman Jr. that starred Jennifer Hudson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Anthony Mackie.

The writer made headlines back in 2012, when Saturday Night Live's Jorma Taccone signed on to direct an adaptation of Image Comics' The Great Unknown. Starrbury was attached to the project as a screenwriter. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the project is still in development.

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