EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures has committed to finance Home Invasion, a thriller developed by Silver Pictures’ low–budget label Zinc Entertainment. The plot is being kept under wraps, but the title offers clues aplenty. I’m told the story involves a family imprisoned in their own home by intruders who play a life-and-death game in which the mysterious rules become clear as the night unfolds. The script was written by neophyte Joseph Dembner and will be directed by first-timer Sean Carter. After hatching the concept with Silver Pictures’ Alex Heineman, Dembner wrote the screenplay on spec. Joel Silver, Andrew Rona and Heineman will produce. After the Home Invasion script was turned in, those producers shot a test scene that Carter directed and then shopped it. Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Craig Flores sparked to it, and they also will be producers. Dembner is co-producer, and Silver’s Steve Richards will be exec producer with Michael Fiore.
Carter, an editor and commercials director, went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with Dembner and Fiore, and the first-time filmmaker got his feature start working as an editor for Jonathan Liebesman. Carter is repped by attorney Greg Slewett, and Dembner is with Jake Wagner at Benderspink and attorney Jeff Frankel. Production begins in June.
While Silver always will be thought of as the producer of big-ticket fare like The Matrix and Lethal Weapon, Silver Pictures had a hit in the micro-budget space with Project X. Rona and Heineman separately shepherded The Strangers at Rogue Pictures, so they know this genre. Voltage is coming off the Joseph Gordon-Levitt helmed Don Jon, which proved to be a sensation at Sundance.