Voltage Pictures has set the sci-fi thriller Prisoner Of War, which Joe Miale will direct with Alex Russell (Chronicle) in negotiations to star alongside Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall). The film tells the story of humankind’s last stand against a cataclysmic alien invasion. Set in the war-ravaged African countryside, a U.S. soldier and a French foreign aid worker team up to survive the alien onslaught. As they journey through the battlefield in search of refuge, their bond will be tested when the soldier discovers his true identity. The film will begin production in September on location in South Africa.
Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones is producing alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh, and Tea Shop & Film Company’s James Harris. Zev Foreman and Nicolas Chartier will also be producing for Voltage. Mark Lane will co-produce for Tea Shop & Film.
“Alien war machines have been stomping around in my head for far too long— I’m eager to set them loose on the big screen and have them take over the world,” Miale said.
“Joe’s vision for this movie embodies what SciFi storytelling is all about,” says Kavanaugh-Jones. “I couldn’t be more excited about working with Joe, Voltage, 42 and the rest of the team in bringing this incredible world to life.”
Chartier adds, “Prisoner of War is set in an imaginative and dangerous world, with a story that is both epic and intimate – much along the lines of District 9 or the first Terminator. We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones as he has a great eye for discovering up-and-coming talent. We are firm believers in Joe Miale’s vision and look forward to establishing a new science-fiction franchise with him.”
Voltage Pictures is also bringing Eli Roth’s latest horror pic Knock Knock with Keanu Reeves; the John Legend-exec produced Breaking Through; and Good Kids, which Voltage is producing with the Weitz Brothers this fall. Voltage is currently in post-production on Andrew Niccol’s Ethan Hawke-starrer Good Kill; Fathers & Daughters, which stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul; and Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler, which stars Adam Sandler.
Russell is repped by UTA and United Management; Marlohe by 42 and attorney Gregory Slewett; Miale by UTA, Scott Carr at Management SGC, and attorney Barry Littman; and Athale by 42.