EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Gulfstream Pictures are set to develop and co-finance Antarctica, with Michael Werwie penning the script. The storyline is being kept under wraps, but the action-adventure pic takes place amid the harsh climate and terrain of the world’s most remote continent. Gulfstream partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley are producing, with Chantal Nong and Nik Mavinkurve overseeing for Warners. No director or cast is set.
The film was developed internally at Gulfstream. “Antarctica was a story idea that had literally been ‘on the shelf,’ and Michael developed a take for us that will make for a riveting action thriller,” Bindley said.
Werwie wrote Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which earned him a 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowship and made the Black List that year. He is repped by UTA and Evolution Entertainment Partners.He also adapted the Long Island serial killer tale Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery for Langley Park and Warner Bros and is scripting Operation Shakespeare for Legendary Pictures.
Gulfstream produced three films this year: Warners’ Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore rom-com Blended, indie toon The Nut Job and stand-up comedy concert pic The Fluffy Movie. Josie Rosen and Matt Phelps will oversee Antarctica for Gulfstream.