Disney Acquires ‘The Runner,’ Brian Grazer Producing

Dave Andron originally conceived movie as a television pilot

Walt Disney Pictures has acquired "The Runner," a science fiction adventure movie that originally was conceived as a spec for a television pilot.

Brian Grazer of Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment will produce along with Brad Simpson, of Forster's Apparatus Entertainment. Zak Kadison of Blacklight Transmedia is also producing and Transmedia's Eric Lieb is executive producing.

The film comes from writer/creator Dave Andron ("Knight Rider," "Past Life," "Justified"). Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace," "The Kite Runner," "Finding Neverland") is under consideration to direct.

The project comes from Blacklight Transmedia's first look arrangement with Imagine.

"The Runner" is set in the year 2027, when the earth's surface is uninhabitable because of a devastating attack. A group of survivors in the Rocky Mountains has discovered how to send a man back in time to try and stop earth's annihilation.

Blacklight Transmedia develops projects for video games, graphic novels and other media.

Sean Bailey, Brigham Taylor and Tonia Davis will oversee for Walt Disney

Erica Huggins will oversee development for Imagine Entertainment.

CAA represented all elements of the package with Andron additionally
repped by Madhouse Entertainment's Adam Kolbrenner.