The pic centers on a single mother (Rapace) struggling to raise her 12-year-old son alone who is abducted by a mysterious organization. Tied up in their lab, they question her about her medical history, eventually revealing that she has a genetic abnormality that her worst fear can cause her to “rupture” — causing her own alien nature to be released. It’s based on a story by Shainberg and Brian Nelson, and Nelson (Hard Candy, 30 Days Of Night) wrote the screenplay.
Chiklis will play The Bald Man, the entity’s powerful point man who directs the mother’s violent capture. Principal photography begins next month.
Tango Pictures, a partnership between Christina Weiss Lurie, Shainberg and Lazar, is teaming with Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group to make the film, and AMBI Distribution repped the project’s international sales at the just-wrapped Cannes film market.
Chiklis appeared in the previous installment of the FX anthology series American Horror Story and this pilot season was attached to the NBC comedy Cuckoo, an adaptation of the BBC Three series that starred Andy Samberg. Chiklis is repped by WME and Management 360.