EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Howard J. Ford has set genre thriller Never Let Go as his next feature to follow 2010 zombie road pic The Dead and its sequel The Dead 2: India. Pic follows an American single mother on vacation in a beautiful but unfamiliar land who takes the law into her own hands when her child is abducted. As her quest for justice continues, her political connections back in the U.S. raise the stakes higher than at first glance.

The Latitude Films production is described as Taken and The Bourne Identity meets Run Lola Run. Ford is in preproduction casting for a female lead who can fill the role. “We need a gem of an actress who can pull off this part,” said Ford. “There is so much talent out there — and in my view not enough strong female leads — and so I want to find the absolute peak of this talent and bring it to the screen in a role that would challenge the very best screen actors.”

Filming is set to begin in September in Morocco and other locations. U.K.-based Ford co-directed the two Dead films with brother Jonathan, scoring a home video hit with the $150K-budgeted The Dead. The Dead 2: India is scheduled for a fall release via Starz/Anchor Bay.