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New Scribes Acquired for ‘Asteroids’ and ‘The Strange Case of Hyde’

Written by on November 16, 2012 

In keeping up their “one update every November” pattern, Universal have only just secured another writer for their slow-moving video game movie, Asteroids. A year ago, someone was hired to pen, and, now, someone is being brought on to re-pen. Translation: they’re taking their time with this one. To get it right.

Taking over, now, from Evan Spiliotopoulos (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) is Jez Butterworth (Fair Game, The Last Legion), a man placed under the watchful eye of Transformers producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura. Although Variety say Asteroids‘ rundown is currently unknown, earlier reports summarized it as the story of “two estranged brothers that must team up to save Earth from an alien race” — a summation it probably won’t deviate from (or expand upon) too much in the future.

Similar news comes from TheWrap, who tell us Dark Horse Entertainment, Skydance, and Mark Gordon Productions are trying to nail down The Strange Case of Hyde with a new writer. Movement is picking up with Albert Torres (Henry Poole Is Here, the now-defunct Akira remake), who will rewrite an existing draft — based on Cole Haddon‘s graphic novel — that follows the original Robert Louis Stevenson character, Mr. Hyde, who is released from prison in order to find a creature empowered with his scientific creation.

The Strange Case of Hyde is without a director, but a strong draft is sure to get things sped up.

Was Asteroids something you even remembered, and will this keep it fresh? How do you feel about Hyde?

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