Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Big deal coming together at Sony Pictures that involves DJ Caruso in talks to direct Invertigo, a drama scripted by Ehren Kruger and Bradley Cramp about a NASA satellite that crash-lands in New York City, and it creates a “reverse-G vortex” where gravity is inverted. It imperils the planet if a rescue mission fails. Neal Moritz will produce, with Daniel Bobkur and Cramp exec producers.

This is a big-scale picture that was bought as a spec and is on a fast track toward production. Caruso last directed I Am Number Four, and before that the hits Eagle Eye and Disturbia. He just finished writing and directing Goat Island, a passion project that he made independently, and family film Brock Cole. He just finished his final edit Monday and it’s being shown at the Arclight tonight to distributors for the first time. Caruso is also been attached to Preacher, and the Scott Frank-scripted A Walk Among The Tombstones, but I’m told that Caruso’s reps at CAA and Media Talent Group are making this deal. Invertigo has an enormous amount of prep, so production conceivably wouldn’t start until first quarter of 2013. Kruger’s most recent script credit is Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.