EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Robinov’s first homegrown project in production from his Studio 8 shingle? It is an ambitious film called The Solutrean, and Albert Hughes will direct the survival tale set 20,000 years ago in the Ice Age. Word is getting around because they have begun casting a film meant to shoot late this year or early next, in Iceland and Canada. It is a visually striking epic-adventure, and the title refers to the Upper Paleolithic period of early advanced humans in Europe. It has to do with a hunting expedition gone awry and a young survivor’s quest to brave the inhospitable and dangerous conditions to find his way back. The film, which was hatched by Hughes and will take advantage of the Imax 3D format, was scripted by Dan Wiedenhaupt. Hughes is producing it with Andrew Rona.

It sounds somewhat similar in tone and survival spirit to Apocalypto and even the upcoming Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu-directed The Revenant, only the characters are Early Man. Everybody has been wondering which would be the first project to come from Robinov’s company after he raised all those China funds and made his Sony output deal. I believe this is it. And there is symmetry in that Robinov, the consummate exec who always relied on his long-term talent relationships, will see the first green lights of his filmmaker-driven company on a movie directed by Hughes, whom he repped back when he and twin brother Allen started their feature directing career with the incendiary Menace 2 Society. Hughes teamed with his brother on his last film Book Of Eli, which Rona worked on while running Silver Pictures.

Hughes is repped by WME. Wiedenhaupt is WME and Madhouse Entertainment.

Studio 8, which will develop, produce and acquire potential tent poles and prestige pictures, has other titles on the slate, including the Ang Lee-directed Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.