EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Bacon is in talks to reteam with writer-director Greg Mclean on Jungle, a thriller based on the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg, who lived to write a bestselling memoir about his terrorizing trip to the Amazon jungle with a sketchy guide and two pals. It was the subject of the one-hour Discovery Channel docu-drama series I Shouldn’t Be Alive.
Wolf Creek helmer Mclean is aboard to direct a script from fellow Aussie Justin Monjo (The Untold Story Of INXS), who adapted the 2005 book. Screen Australia and Screen Queensland have supported development of the project, which is set to begin shooting early next year on location in Australia and Colombia.
Dana Lustig and Arclight Films’ Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy and Mark Lazarus are producing Jungle. Arclight is packaging and selling worldwide at AFM.
Ghinsberg was an enthusiastic adventurer who headed into the Amazon jungle with two friends and a guide with a mysterious past. Their journey turned into a terrifying psychological ordeal and fight for survival as the darkest elements of human nature and the wilderness tested their endurance. Bacon would play the Austrian guide Karl.
Mclean and Bacon recently wrapped 6 Miranda Drive, the Universal/Blumhouse micro-budget thriller that co-stars Rahda Mitchell. Mclean directed and Bacon starred and shot it in LA after wrapping the second season of Fox’s The Following. Season 3 of that series returns next year.
Mclean calls Karl a “complex, dangerous and alluring character,” so this could be a fun one for Bacon who can certainly play creepy — one of his most memorable roles to me was playing nasty security guard Sean Nokes who eventually gets his comeuppance in Barry Levinson’s 1996 crime drama Sleepers.
Bacon is repped by WME, The Schiff Company, and attorney Fred Gaines. Mclean is repped by CAA, Mosaic and attorneys Peter Nelson and Joel Vanderkloot.