EXCLUSIVE: Peter Guber’s Mandalay Pictures has optioned Scott Speer’s screenplay Charlie 3D about the first fully, 3D-printed man and his search for identity and love. This project, which has one of the more cool and original premises, will be produced by the production company’s Jason Michael Berman. Novelist Tommy Wallach is coming aboard to do a production polish on the screenplay for an anticipated start later this year with Speer at the helm.
This is the first major project Speer and Berman have worked on together, though they have known each other for about a decade because they both went to USC School of Cinematic Arts and graduated only a couple of years apart. Although they worked together on small projects in college, this is their first feature film.
Speer has directed features and for television with such credits under his belt as Midnight Sun, Step Up Revolution as well as MTV’s Finding Carter. He just directed the thriller I Still See You, which previously was titled Break My Heart 1,000 Times (based on the novel of the same name).
Wallach, author of We All Looked Up, also has his trilogy Strange Fire set up at Amazon Studios, where it is being developed as a series. We All Looked Up is also being adapted into a series for the Circle/ITV Studios.
Speer is repped by UTA and management company Artists First. Wallach is repped by UTA, Circle of Confusion and law firm Cohen & Gardner.