Several other studios stayed in the bidding, including Twilight-rich Summit Entertainment. After all, pickups are popular right now, and this came with Participant Media ready to co-finance and carried a $60 million budget. It also has an Oscar-touted cast: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law. Still, this action thriller is familiar movie territory, from The Andromeda Strain to Outbreak, and this latest film by Scott Z Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant!) also is about an attempt to contain a deadly viral outbreak. Greg Jacobs will produce with Double Feature Films’ Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher. The project was shopped shortly by the producers and Soderbergh’s Anonymous Content rep Michael Sugar.
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