Hype Williams Lands Deal To Direct Sci-Fi Film

Despite the critical lambasting his first movie, 1998's "Belly," received, video director Hype Williams will again try his hand at the big screen by helming the sci-fi adventure "Mothership" for New Line Cinema.

According to "Variety," Williams has signed a two-year first-look deal with New Line that allows him to produce, direct, and supervise the music for films that are budgeted at less than $8 million. For films budgeted at more than $8 million, Williams will only direct and have a hand in selecting music for the picture.

"Mothership" has been in on-again, off-again development since 1996; screenwriter Martin Duffy was originally slated to direct the film, which apparently deals with a multinational space vessel that gets marooned on its way to an unknown destination.

It wasn't immediately known whom New Line might be looking to star in the film; Hype employed the talents of several hip-hop artists, including Nas, Method Man, DMX, and TLC's Tionne "T-Boz"

Watkins, in acting roles for "Belly."