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Biz Break: The Wordsmiths Behind 'Expendables 3' Are Making An App Into A Movie

By Jodi Smith | Industry | September 23, 2014 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | September 23, 2014 |

Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, writers of the less-heinous-of-the-two-White-House-under-attack movies Olympus Has Fallen and the Shakespeare adaptation Expendables 3, have been tapped to write a movie based on an iPhone game called The Drowning. The first person shooter, when I don’t understand playing on a tiny phone screen, will be produced by Radar Pictures and has this dubious plot:

The best-selling game is being envisioned for the big screen as an ecological horror tale about a deep-sea oil-drilling accident that causes ancient micro-organisms to be released into the water supply of an island town off the Seattle coast. - Deadline


In other stupid news, SyFy, the channel that can’t spell, has picked up the series Hunters, which is based on Gale Anne Hurd’s book “Alien Hunter”. You may remember Hurd as an executive producer for The Walking Dead or from her role as producer on films such as Hulk, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and Tremors.

Tremors was so awesome! “This one ain’t dumb!”

Ha! Awesome! Anyway, Hurd’s novel focuses on a Philadelphia police officer whose wife disappears, leading him into a secret terrorist-hunting government group. Does that mean that the “alien” in the title refers to “They’re taking our jerbs!” aliens or are these terrorists from Mercury?

Rounding out this trio of news bits is the green band trailer for Seth Rogen and James Franco in The Interview. “Haters gonna hate and ain’ters gonna ain’t.”

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.