EXCLUSIVE: In competitive bidding, Phantom Four has sold an original pitch by newly minted Black List scribe Zach Dean to Skydance. David Goyer and Kevin Turen of Phantom Four and Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment are attached to produce what’s described as a grounded science fiction film set in the future. Dean notched a spot on the Black List this week for his script Atlantic Wall; his draft of Methuselah at Warner Bros has Tom Cruise attached to star, and the studio just brought him in to write Sagan, which Lynda Obst is producing. The scribe’s relationship with Goyer stems from his script Beast, which Goyer will direct.
Skydance did Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation and Terminator Genisys this year and has Star Trek coming and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back filming. Phantom Four has Birth Of A Nation at Sundance and The Forest being released by Focus. Dean is repped by WME and Madhouse Entertainment.