EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Mike Flanagan and Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy are reteaming on the supernatural thriller Diver, setting a summer production start. Flanagan will direct a script by Diane Ademu-John and Carter Blanchard with revisions by Flanagan and writing partner Jeff Howard. Macy will produce the film, with Marc D. Evans, Asha Kurian, and Julie Wilke also serving in various producing capacities.
Diver revolves around a secret project based in New Orleans that involves a team sent to enter the minds of the recently dead to experience their final memories in order to solve the most heinous crimes. When the Divers breach the barrier between the living and the dead, they must contend with the supernatural force they unleash.
Flanagan, Intrepid and Macy first collaborated on Oculus, starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, and Rory Cochrane. Relativity will release it April 11 following its U.S. premiere Saturday at SXSW. Relativity bought it at Toronto, where Flanagan and Macy set their second collaboration, the thriller Somnia, which is currently in postproduction, starring Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, and Jacob Tremblay. Somnia was written by Flanagan and Howard and produced by Macy with Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson of Demarest Films. Demarest Films and MICA Entertainment co-financed the picture.
Macy is represented by Paradigm. Flanagan is represented by APA and Nelson Davis Wetzstein.