EXCLUSIVE: In a mid-six figure deal, 20th Century Fox has pre-emptively bought Tranquility Base, a spec script by first-time scribe Daniel Turkewitz. Scott Free’s Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer and Brooklyn Weaver and Jonathan Krauss will produce what was described to me as a big-scale science fiction film that has elements of Lord Of The Flies in space.
Key to the deal coming together were former Indian Paintbrush guys Mark Roybal and Michael Pruss. Roybal, who ran Indian Paintbrush for Steve Rales, became a Fox exec and Pruss moved over to Scott Free as an exec. Pruss will be exec producer and Rock Shaink will serve in a co-producing capacity on Tranquility Base.
Turkewitz is an NYU graduate who got his masters in screenwriting. Welcome to Hollywood, young man. He was repped on the deal by Weaver and atty Jeff Frankel.