Script News: Shaolin, Whites, Day, Highmore

Shaolin Temple
Andrew Dominik (“Chopper,” “Killing Them Softly”) has come onboard to write the Justin Lin-directed China-set 3D feature “Shaolin Temple” for Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures. Troy Craig Poon, Bruno Wu and Wang Changtian are producing.

A remake of the 1982 film which served as Jet Li’s screen debut, the story is set in the period between China’s Sui and Tang Dynasties. When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, the son of one of his slave workers escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor. [Source: Deadline]

The Whites
Sony Pictures is in negotiations to option the film rights to “Clockers” and “The Wanderers” author Richard Price’s upcoming crime novel “The Whites” for Scott Rudin to produce.

The story follows detective Billy Graves, whose tainted past comes back to haunt him when he takes on a harrowing case during one of his graveyard shifts. Price may pen the script himself as he wrote the screenplays for such films as “Sea of Love,” “The Color of Money” and “Ransom” along with episodes of HBO’s “The Wire”. [Source: THR]

All Day and a Night
Relativity Studios will produce, finance and distribute the prison-set action comedy “All Day and a Night” which follows a TV news crew doing a story of the lives of two prison guards just as a violent prison riot breaks out.

“Horrible Bosses” co-writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley created the idea for the project which Paul Ruehl and Lester Lewis penned. Goldstein and Daley will produce. [Source: THR]

Untitled Freddie Highmore Project
“Bates Motel” star Freddie Highmore and co-creator/producer Kerry Ehrin have teamed to pen the pilot for an untitled half-hour romantic comedy series project which has been sold to NBC.

Set in the world of venture capitalism, it tells the story of the intimate relationship between an overly emotional-but-talented female executive and her ambitious and eccentric young British assistant. [Source: Deadline]