EXCLUSIVE: Ciro Guerra, whose Colombian film Embrace Of The Serpent is up for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, has signed to make his English-language directing debut on the dystopian adventure The Detainee, for Thunder Road Pictures and Film House Germany. The film is an adaptation of a trilogy by author-playwright Peter Liney. The Detainee is the first volume, and The Maze Runner‘s Grant Myers has signed to adapt it. Its aspiration is to be a Hunger Games for adults.
Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk will produce with Film House Germany’s Christian Angermayer. Erica Lee of Thunder Road and Klemens Hallmann and Gabriela Bacher of Film House Germany will serve as executive producers.
Guerra’s Embrace Of The Serpent is also up for an Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film. It opened last weekend through Oscilloscope, and had the best per-theater average in the specialty market even though it was only on three screens. Guerra wrote and directed the film, the first Colombian pic to be Oscar nominated.
Thunder Road is in production on John Wick 2, and in pre-production on the Otto Bathurst-directed Robin Hood: Origins with Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx starring, as well as the Taylor Sheridan-directed Wind River with Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen starring and 24 Hours To Live, an action thriller that stars Ethan Hawke.
Guerra is repped by Paradigm and Marios Rush of Marks Law Group; Grant is represented by Paradigm, Gotham/Principal, and Gregg Gellman. TRP’s Jonathan Fuhrman brokered the deal.