Dante Harper has been set by Fox 2000 to rewrite The Secret Of The Temple, based on the Jake Halpern New Yorker magazine article published two years ago. The article is about a fight over treasure vaults worth $20 billion, hidden beneath a temple in the jungle of India, and supposedly cursed, with a bunch of thieves, radicals and the royal family that guards the temple all trying to get at the loot. The facts will ground a heist adventure movie with an international cast. David Heyman’s Heyday is producing.
Harper was the first writer on Edge Of Tomorrow, and it seems bizarre to me that he didn’t get credit. After all, though Warner Bros changed the title, it paid $3 million in a spec auction for the scribe’s adaptation of All You Need Is Kill, the Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Other writers came and went, but usually the Writers Guild favors the first scribe who adapts a novel and in this case, was the initial propulsion for the project. I will never understand the inconsistencies of the WGA arbitration process, just as I am still surprised that the Doug Liman-directed Tom Cruise-starrer didn’t get more love for being a new intellectual property creation that was sharp, tense, funny big-scale storytelling in a summer littered with sequels. Harper is currently working with Warner Bros, Appian Way, Mad Chance and director Jaume Collet-Serra on Akira, and recently did a draft on The Last Witch Hunter for Lionsgate. He’s repped by CAA and Management 360.