In today's film-development news, the director of Training Day and The Equalizer is in negotiations to helm a time-spanning action thriller for Paramount, a deal for the U.S. rights to a sci-fi thriller from David Cronenberg’s son have been struck, and three firms have teamed up to launch an animated family film by the director of The Nut Job.
Written by Ian Shorr, the film tells the story of a group of quasi-immortals who are reincarnated over the centuries and known as “the Infinite.” Said group must trust the vivid dreams — which are in fact memories from past lives — of a schizophrenic man to defeat an evil mastermind’s plans to destroy the world.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, of Transformers fame, is on board as a producer.
Next, Well Go USA has made a deal with Arclight Films for the U.S. rights to Brandon Cronenberg’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Possessor, Deadline is reporting. Andrea Riseborough (Black Mirror) and Christopher Abbot (Catch 22) are set to star.
The sophomore film from the son of legendary filmmaker David Cronenberg (following his directorial debut, Antiviral), Possessor centers on Tasya Vos (Riseborough), an agent for a secret organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies to compel them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients. But when a routine job goes wrong, Tasya winds up trapped in the mind of a suspect (Abbott) whose appetite for violence equals her own.
Filming is set to begin early next year.
And finally, Canadian animation firm Tangent is joining forces with DDI and EUM Entertainment to launch the animated family film Jill & Evan at the American Film Market this week. Per Deadline, which broke the news, Peter Lepeniotis, director of The Nut Job, is set to direct a script by Michael Schwartz and Lepeniotis (which is in turn based on an original script by Lorne Cameron of Over The Hedge fame).
The film follows the adventures of twin 10-year-olds Jill and Evan (obvs), who search for a mythical crown that allows the wearer to speak to animals after their famous archaeologist father goes missing in search of the mysterious artifact. Over the course of their quest, Jill and Evan discover a plot by poachers who are also after the crown.
Jill & Evan is currently in pre-production in Toronto.