EXCLUSIVE: Disaster action thriller Category 5 has sold out the majority of the world for Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited here at the EFM. Announced just before the market with Rob Cohen (The Fast And The Furious, xXx) directing, it’s eyed as a franchise-starter and has drawn keen interest as a theatrical offering. Foresight is showing a promo reel that sets the tone of the action which takes place during the storm of the century. Cohen has been in town talking to buyers this week. A U.S. studio deal is expected later down the line. Production begins in spring/summer on the pic that’s casting now.
Category 5 follows a team of tech hackers who infiltrate a U.S. Mint facility in a small coastal town to steal $102M in cash just as a disastrous hurricane is about to strike and level it to the ground. The only other people left in the town are a meteorologist/storm chaser and a female treasury agent who must survive the horrific storm while stopping the thieves from getting away with the heist.
Producers are Karen Baldwin, Michael Tadross Jr, and Danny Roth. Howard Baldwin, Damon, Bill Immerman and Tamara Birkemoe will executive produce.
Among key deals so far are Germany/Austria/Switzerland (Telepool), Latin America (California Filmes), Scandinavia (Mis.Label), Benelux (Dutch Film Works), Eastern Europe (Prorom), South Africa (Times Media Films), India/Turkey (Tanweer), Poland (Kino Swiat), Iceland (Myndform), Indonesia (PT Prima Cinema), Thailand/Malaysia/Cambodia/Laos /Vietnam (Sahamongkol), Taiwan (Applause), and Philippines (Pioneer).
Cohen most recently directed The Boy Next Door starring Jennifer Lopez for Universal Pictures, and is attached to The Adventures Of Marco Polo for Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman at Paramount.
Foresight’s slate also includes the Neil Bogart biopic Spinning Gold starring Justin Timberlake, which is due to shoot in June, and the $130M sci-fi epic Inversion.