EXCLUSIVE: Electric Entertainment’s Dean Devlin will produce and direct Steve Altiere’s sci-fi fantasy Countdown, a spec he and his company picked up about a boy fascinated by space travel who recruits his friends and an eccentric NASA engineer to hatch an unbelievable plan to try and save his dying father. Devlin, who is the currently in post-production on the third season of The Librarians for TNT (yes, he also showruns), will helm the picture following the feature thriller Bad Samaritan which he is prepping now in Portland to direct.
Devlin will produce Countdown along with his Electric Entertainment team of Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan.
Altiere, who is working as story editor on the TV series tentatively titled Wee Dragons at DreamWorks Animation, previously served as story editor on Dinotrux for Netflix. His previous credits include Max 2, Cats & Dogs, and new incarnations of both Woody Woodpecker and The Munsters.
Bad Samaritan, written by Brandon Boyce, stars David Tennant and Robert Sheehan in the story centered on two young car valets who use their business as a front to burglarize the houses of their unsuspecting patrons. Life is good for the petty thieves until they target the wrong house.
In addition to their production and international divisions, Electric Entertainment’s newly created domestic distribution division will release the Tribeca Film Festival title The Book of Love starring Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Biel and Maisie Williams in early 2017. The company most recently released the horror comedy Fear, Inc. staring Lucas Neff and Caitlin Stasey.
Electric Entertainment also recently entered into a 50/50 partnership deal with Cutting Edge to monetize its library of music around the world and to build a future business. That includes over over 130 hours of television programming and includes the scores from their The Librarians.
Altiere is repped by APA, manager Jonathan Hung, and attorney Rob Szymanski. The deal was negotiated by Matt Rosen on behalf of Electric and by Szymanski.