The Black List scribe behind “Randle Is Benign” will write the sci-fi thriller based on the Channel 4 series
Up-and-coming writer Damien Ober has been hired to write the sci-fi thriller “Black Mirror” for Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr.’s production company Team Downey, TheWrap has learned.
Ober’s script “Randle Is Benign” was on the 2013 Black List this year and is currently being packaged by Echo Lake Entertainment.
The project is based on an episode of the British anthology series “Black Mirror” titled “The Entire History of You,” which followed a man with an implant that allows him to record and re-watch all of his life experiences.
Ober is expected to deliver a fresh take deriving from that premise.
Robert Downey Jr. and his Team Downey banner will produce. David Gambino and Amanda Burrell will oversee “Black Mirror” for Team Downey, while Warner Bros. executives Jesse Ehrman and Cate Adams will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Just a few months ago, Ober was an unknown writer who sold “Randle Is Benign” to Echo Lake’s production side, which earned him representation from the company’s management side. He quickly landed a staff job on SyFy’s “Dominion,” and now he’s writing a studio movie for an A-list movie star in Downey Jr.
“Randle Is Benign” follows a computer programmer whose technological achievement is hijacked by her boss, who may harbor a sinister agenda involving assassinating the president.
Ober is represented by WME, Echo Lake Entertainment and attorney Mark S. Temple.
Warner Bros. has reportedly acquired the rights to Cloaked, a horror comedy film produced by Robert Downey, Jr.
According to Deadline, Cloaked is an attempt to find a balance between laughs and screams, something similar to An American Werewolf in London. Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World) is reportedly writing the script, with Downey, Jr. and his wife Susan Downey producing under their Team Downey shingle. It’s not currently known if Downey, Jr. will star in the film.
The first Warner Bros. and Team Downey project was the upcoming The Judge, a starring vehicle for the Iron Man star. He’s currently filming Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Robert Downey Jr. is new-ish to Twitter. The world’s most famous star joined the social media site on April 11, and has tweeted 10 times thus far, including a plug for former “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau’s new movie, “Chef.” (Downey has a cameo appearance Favreau’s film.) It’s his 10th tweet, however, that has geeks of all stripes buzzing: Downey posted a photo from the set of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Before fans get riled up, note that the pic isn’t as juicy as those set pictures of Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen; instead, it’s a shot of Downey and executive producer Jeremy Latcham.
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) 22 Aprile 2014
Finally Robert has joined twitter. GO FOLLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Talk to me, Twitter. pic.twitter.com/7skFm6Ffhn
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) April 11, 2014
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