Universal acquires action science fiction spec script “Soldiers of the Sun” written by Arash Amel. From THR:
Sun is set in a post-apocalyptic future and focuses on a squad of soldiers that searches for a fabled city of gold while on a tour of duty in Mexico liberating it from an alien race known as Orcs.
Sun is the third spec Amel has sold in as many years and marks a return to the sci-fi action genre. The rising screenwriter has been generating buzz for his true-life bio-scripts, including the upcoming Grace of Monaco, which began life as a spec. The movie now stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly and will open November 27 in limited release. He also has scripts centering on actress Ingrid Bergman and war journalist Marie Colvin in development but initially broke through with his sci-fi and action screenplays such as The Infinity Principle.
This project is an original franchise. Vin Diesel is attached to star and he knows something about franchises [see: Fast and Furious].
Amel is repped by CAA.
By my count, this is the 64th spec script sale in 2013.
There were 69 spec script sales year-to-date in 2012.
To read my exclusive interview with Arash Amel, go here.