Greg is the nicest guy, intense, shy, and kind of intimidating-looking, with a black leather motorcycle jacket and lots of earrings. Although we both live in Portland, we haven't crossed paths for a couple of years.
He tells some funny stories about the first two options. When it was with Peterson, they kept adding elements to make it more commerical (I remember one was something about there being a nuclear weapon under the ice). Then when they were trying to get someone else interested and were having a lot of meetings in LA, his film agent asked if he minded if they stopped by Elizabeth Hurley's house. While there, Greg had to use the bathroom. He tried to leave, but the doorknob came off in his hand, and he spent some time trapped in her bathroom.
I always thought Reece Witherspoon was a weird choice, but Greg said she was supposedly looking for something to be her "Alien," like the movie Sigorney Weaver starred in. At that time, it didn't make much sense. I've since seen her in movies besides Legally Blond, so now I can at least think "maybe."
I don't think many people are lucky enough to have something optioned for film three times, and all three serious, big-name deals.