Sony just has purchased a spec script titled White House Down from Jamie Vanderbilt. The studio is rumored to be paying the princely sum of $3 million, which could make it the biggest spec sale on record. Vanderbilt is the chief author of Sony’s Spider-Man reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man as well as their remake of Total Recall. He also has just finished a production rewrite on the upcoming Robocop remake for MGM. No director is attached to the project yet.
This is the second White House-related action project to be announced in the last couple of weeks. Millennium Films recently announced that they have attached Gerard Butler to a White House related action film titled Olympus Has Fallen. Depending on whether both of these get made, we could be seeing another concept showdown at the box office similar to the summer that both Armageddon and Deep Impact graced screens within weeks of each other or how movie goers will have their choice of two different Snow White films this year.