This is unusual: a joint news release from Universal Pictures and United Talent about the news that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) will direct and Clive Owen will star in the new English-language genre film Intruders. Universal Pictures International and Madrid-based Apaches Entertainment. Apache’s Enrique López Lavigne is Fresnadillo’s longtime producing partner. Spanish media company Antena 3 and Universal Pictures International (UPI) are financing the project, which will be distributed internationally by Universal Pictures International, with UPI’s JJ Lousberg overseeing the project for the studio.  UTA, which is representing North American distribution rights to the film, has Fresnadillo, Marquez and Apaches Entertainment as clients.

Fresnadillo is directing from a script by Jaime Marques and Nico Casariego that revolves around an 11-year-old girl who is forced to confront childhood demons. Additional casting is currently underway — European star Daniel Brühl has been hired — and production is scheduled to begin in June in London and Madrid.

Intruders is a perfect example of the type of international production we’re looking for,” says Christian Grass, President of International Production and Acquisitions for Universal Pictures International.

Among his critically acclaimed films, Fresnadillo is best known for writing and directing the acclaimed 2007 horror-thriller 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later released by Fox Atomic, which was produced by Enrique Lopez Lavigne.  28 Weeks Later grossed nearly $65 million worldwide and was a top-seller in home video.  Fresnadillo recently signed on to direct the feature Bioshock, based on the best-selling Take Two videogame, for Universal Pictures with Gore Verbinski and Enrique Lopez Lavigne producing.  Fresnadillo was nominated for the Academy Award for his short film, Esposados, which won over 40 national and international awards.