EXCLUSIVE: Jack Reynor, James Franco, Zoe Kravitz and Dennis Quaid will star in Kin, a sci-fi action thriller that Jonathan and Josh Baker will direct based on their short film Bag Man. Daniel Casey wrote the script, and 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen will produce with Jeff Arkuss, David Gross and Jesse Shapira, whose No Trace Camping produced the Best Picture-nominated Room. While the focus at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival is finished films, Kin will be shopped there by WME Global and Good Universe. WME Global put the financing together for an October 24 start date.
The short premiered at SXSW 2015. The feature expands the concept and revolves around a recently released ex-con (Reynor) and his adopted younger brother who are forced to go on the run. Chased by a vengeful criminal (Franco), the feds and a cadre of otherworldly soldiers, their only protection is a found weapon of mysterious ancestry. Quaid will play the father of the siblings, and Kravitz is a young woman who joins them on the run. Casey did uncredited rewrite work for Bad Robot on 10 Cloverfield Lane, and the STX Entertainment crime thriller Godforsaken, which Jim Mickle will direct with Sylvester Stallone starring. The scribe also wrote an untitled film with Bad Robot. Levy’s 21 Laps produced the Netflix series Stranger Things and the Denise Villenueve-directed Arrival, which debuts at Venice before Paramount releases it November 11.