The story was originally published last week on Haas’ website Popcorn Fiction, the company he launched as a platform for established and upcoming writers of genre short stories.
Shake is a thriller about an FBI agent battling his own body and the elements while hunting down a killer.
Bruckheimer’s Chad Oman and Mike Stenson spearheaded Bruckheimer’s efforts after the story was brought to their attention by Melissa Reid. All three will supervise the project.
“I wanted to create a place where short stories could flourish – the pulpy, genre kind that used to dominate popular magazines in the fifties,” Haas said. “I commissioned a bunch of fantastic novelists and screenwriters to take a stab and I’ve been overwhelmed by the response so far… The authors retain their copyright and reading the site will always be free. It’s all about the stories.”
The deal follows on the heels of Brandt and Haas’ work for Bruckheimer Films re-writing Alien Legion. Brandt and Haas most recently wrote Matarese Circle for MGM, which David Cronenberg is attached to direct and will star Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise.
The writers also collaborated The 13th Hour for New Line based on the Richard Doetsch novel, which is currently out to directors.
Brandt and Haas are represented by WME, Andrew Deane of Industry Entertainment, and Adam Kaller of Hansen, Jacobsen, Teller and Hoberman.