Sony Pictures has closed deals to acquire action script White House Down and the literary-themed action-adventure pitch The Royal Honours Society, according to Variety and Heat Vision.
White House Down, from The Amazing Spider-Man screenwriter James Vanderbilt, is described as Die Hard meets Air Force One. Vanderbilt will also produce with his Mythology Entertainment partners Bradley Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis.
The Royal Honours Society, meanwhile, comes from Ernest Lupinacci and will be produced by Joe Roth and Palak Patel. According to the trade, the movie is “described as the iconic stories of some of England’s greatest writers from the late 19th century – among them H.G. Wells (The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man), Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth), Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde) – come together in an action-adventure tale.”