Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce are set for epic thriller, Brimstone. Dutch helmer Martin Koolhoven (Winter In Wartime) is directing and wrote the script. Wasikowska plays a heroine on the run from her past and hunted by Pearce’s diabolical Preacher. Els Vandevorst of N279 Entertainment is producing. Shooting starts in May. Embankment has international sales here and CAA is repping domestic.
Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures has boarded international rights on action-thriller Officer Downe. Based on the Image Comics graphic novel by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham, it’s being directed by M Shawn Crahan of heavy metal band Slipknot, who’s making his feature debut. Mark Neveldine, Skip Williamson, Casey and Cole Payne are producing. Casey wrote the script about a justice-delivering ultimate policeman who, thanks to a telepathic science experiment, is resurrected over and over to take on the scourge of the LA underworld. Living Out Loud Films is financing with CAA handling domestic rights. Production is slated for March.
Will Poulter has joined Brain On Fire, the Dakota Fanning-starrer that Mister Smith is selling here in Berlin. Poulter recently worked with Brain On Fire director Gerard Barrett on Sundance title Glassland. The film is based on the true story of a young woman’s sudden descent into insanity as a result of a mysterious illness. Poulter plays Fanning’s boyfriend. WME is handling domestic sales on the film.