‘Dan Mazeau has been tapped to write a draft of Armada based on Ernest Cline’s New York Times best-selling novel for Universal Pictures. Cline wrote an earlier draft of the screenplay and will remain in collaboration with Mazeau and producers on the forthcoming draft. Cline is coming off Ready Player One film adaptation having grossed north of $186.4M worldwide to date. Cline co-adapted his book for the screen.
Dan Farah (Ready Player One) and Dylan Clark (Planet of the Apes) are producing through their Farah Films and Dylan Clark Productions banners, respectively. Scott Stuber executive produces.
Mazeau’s credits include Wrath of the Titans, World’s Most Wanted for Original Film and Vin Diesel, Section 6 for Joe Cornish, Marc Platt, Big Talk and Grey Matter, and Van Helsing for Chris Morgan Productions and Secret Hideout.
EVP of production Jon Mone and VP of production Jay Polidoro will oversee the project on behalf of Universal. EVP Beau Bauman will oversee for Dylan Clark Productions.
Mazeau is represented by CAA, Circle of Confusion, and Lee Rosenbaum at Katz Golden Rosenman, LLP. Cline is repped by CAA and Farah Films & Management.
Universal snapped up the film rights to Armada days after Cline scored a seven-figure deal for domestic and foreign publishing rights on the novel back in December 2012.
Also filled with many Easter Eggs of ’80s and ’90s pop culture, Armada the novel follows teen Zack Lightman who learns that the space invaders-like videogame he’s been playing for quite some is actually real, and he is recruited for his talents by an international galactic army to defend Earth. Armada has been published in 20 languages in 36 countries.
Cline has another top secret book project that Random House bought after Armadawas published, but the details of that have yet to be announced. Farah is producing that adaption and Cline will write the screenplay.’