Battle for Paradise: According to Variety, scribe Karen Essex is rewriting Columbia Pictures' King Kamehameha project, "Battle for Paradise," which is being produced by Neal Moritz's Original Film and Rob Cohen.

Cohen is also directing, and the Rock is attached to star.

The pic's original scribe was Greg Poirier ("Runaway Jury").

Battle for Paradise is a biopic about Hawaii's ruler King Kamehameha, who conquered and united the Hawaiian islands in the 1700s, during a time when they were plagued by warring tribes.

Brian B.