Columbia Locks Down Supernatural Prison Script 'Supermax'
by Ethan Anderton
September 29, 2009
After the unfortunate onslaught of news recently regarding ridiculous remakes and pointless adaptations, it's nice to hear a fantastic original idea get picked up by a major studio. THR says Columbia Pictures has bought Supermax, a spec script from writer Mitch Rouse (co-creator of "Strangers with Candy") and Christopher Nelson. The story follows a hard-working prison guard who is re-assigned to Supermax, a maximum security prison for the supernatural. When a huge riot creates mass chaos in Supermax, the prison guard must team up with one of the monstrous inmates in order to make it out alive in one piece.
While the writing talent behind this spec script doesn't exactly get me super excited, more recently some of the best and most original content - like District 9 and 500 Days of Summer from this year - has come from mostly unestablished up-and-coming writers. Sooner or later audiences are going to get sick of all the remakes, sequels, etc, and fresh ideas like this are going to become the reigning champions of cinema. The concept really puts my imagination into overdrive, and that's really what great motion pictures should do. Also note that this Supermax has nothing to do with the Supermax project with DC Comics' Green Arrow.