Ben Mezrich's Seven Wonders Proposal Picked Up By Fox
Ben Mezrich isn’t Stephen King, James Patterson or Nicholas Sparks. Not yet, anyway. But he is one of those authors whose literary works regularly find their way across the desks of Hollywood decision makers who believe the plots he uncovers would make for great movies. Sometimes they do. Mezrich’s Accidental Billionaires gave way to David Fincher’s Facebook opus, The Social Network. Earlier, the movie 21 -- about math wizards counting cards in various casinos – took its cues from Mezrich’s own Bringing Down the House.
Hollywood and Mezrich are at it again, according to Deadline, which reports that 20th Century Fox is making a deal for the author’s book proposal Seven Wonders, which will have something to do with the Seven Wonders of the World. That could include the “classic” Wonders: Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Statue of Zeus at Olympia. Or it could reflect the “modern” Wonders, which were voted on in 2007 and now include: the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the Christ Redeemer statue in Brazil, and Machu Picchu.
On the surface, it sounds like this could be a project similar to National Treasure, as Deadline says Fox envisions an action/adventure story that could lead to a trilogy (if it gets off on the right foot). Preventing that, possibly, is the reported involvement of Brett Ratner in a producer’s role. Ratner executive produced 21, and is making Mezrich’s Seven Wonders the first project funded under his RatPac Entertainment label.
Ratner likely won’t direct Seven Wonders, though, as he has Hercules on tap with Dwayne Johnson. So who will? We’ll keep you posted on the latest developments.
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