Sharon Stone will star as the egotistical CEO of an edible cutlery company in Patrick Brice’s comedy Corporate Animals. The Basic Instinct star joins The Hangover’s Ed Helms and The Incredible Jessica James’ Jessica Williams in the dark comedy.

The film, which shoots on location in New Mexico this summer, is about a corporate retreat that goes dangerously wrong. Stone plays Lucy, the boss of Incredible Edibles, where during a corporate team-building caving weekend, they get trapped underground and the mismatched and disgruntled group must pull together in order to survive, amidst sexual tension, startling business revelations and casual cannibalism.

Creep director Brice directs from a screenplay by Four Lions’ Sam Bain. Keith Calder and Jess Calder of Snoot Entertainment (Blair Witch) will be producing along with Mike Falbo and Ed Helms of Pacific Electric (The Clapper).

Protagonist Pictures has boarded to take on international sales, with UTA and ICM Partners co-repping for North America.

Protagonist CEO Dave Bishop says, “Corporate Animals is one of the funniest scripts we’ve seen and actually a little close to the bone at times. This is not so much a reference to the occasional bit of cannibalism and more the office politics of a small business. Suffice to say, everyone at Protagonist loved it, it’s tremendous fun and we think buyers will find it just as hilarious as we did.”

Stone is repped by CAA and Mosaic. Williams is repped by UTA, B Company and law firm Morris Yorn. Helms is repped by UTA, Principato Young Entertainment, and law firm Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham. Brice is repped by ICM Partners. Bain is repped by UTA, 42 Management in London, and law firm Jackoway Tyerman.