Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to These Final Hours, an apocalyptic drama project from EuropaCorp TV Studios USA. The series is inspired by the Australian feature that premiered at the Cannes Director Fortnight last year.
These Final Hours was one of the first projects put in development at EuropaCorp TV Studios USA, the U.S. outpost of French studio EuropaCorp (Taxi Brooklyn) launched last year with Matthew Gross as President.
The film’s writer/director Zak Hilditch is on board to write and direct the project, originally eyed for cable. He will executive produce with Gross, Edouard de Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros. Liz Kearney, who produced the original film, will be a producer.
These Final Hours, set after a world-ending meteor strike, follows three siblings in the San Francisco Bay Area as they race to get to their estranged father’s bomb shelter that can withstand the end of days. The series tackles the question of not only what would you do, but how would you want to remember yourself if the world was ending.
Here is a trailer for the movie:
This marks the second U.S. network sale for Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp following the recent series order by NBC for Taken, based on the company’s hit feature franchise.
On the feature film front, EuropaCorp is financing, producing and distributing its own slate which includes the upcoming Shut In starring Naomi Watts, Nine Lives starring Kevin Spacey and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and The Lake.
Hilditch is reped by Paradigm, Thruline Entertainment and Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz.