Book of Skulls: According to The Hollywood Reporter, British screenwriter Terry Hayes is teaming with director William Friedkin on Paramount Pictures' Book of Skulls.

The "Dead Calm" writer has been hired to adapt Robert Silverberg's sci-fi novel for studio-based Alphaville. The psychological thriller follows four college students who discover an ancient book containing the secret to eternal life -- except that it comes with a price.

Hayes' recent credits include the upcoming Jodie Foster starrer Flight Plan, to be directed by German helmer Robert Schwentke (Tattoo).