The marketplace at Cannes is now underway, and that means film packages are being shopped to foreign distributors. Kurt Russell has attached to star in Undying, a supernatural thriller being written by Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta. Media 8 Entertainment is producing with Circle of Confusion, and they hope to begin production in the fall. Media 8 is financing and handling worldwide sales, with Gersh and CAA selling North American territories. Russell’s aboard to play a private investigator who finds himself recruited by a mysterious woman who draws him into a surreal underworld.
Another package has Shirley MacLaine, Maria Bello, Christina Ricci, John Corbett and Bill Pullman attached to star in Wild Oats, a light-hearted action comedy directed by Scott Marshall and written by Claudia Myers. MacLaine plays a widowed former history teacher whose life changes when her Social Security check reads $900,000 instead of the usual $900. Production begins in August. Peace Arch Entertainment is selling foreign territories. CAA and ICM packaged the film together.