Maika Monroe and Ed Skrein have boarded Federico D’ Alessandro’s sci-fi thriller Tau, with Waypoint Entertainment financing under their first look deal with Addictive Pictures. Noga Landau scripted the Black List project. David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and Kevin Turen (The Birth of a Nation) will produce under their Phantom Four banner alongside Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder for Addictive Pictures. Ken Kao, Dan Kao and Luc Etienne will exec produce. Bloom is handling international sales at Cannes with WME repping domestic rights.
The story follows a street-smart grifter, Julia (Monroe), who is the latest victim kidnapped and held captive in a fatal experiment. The only thing standing in the way of her freedom is Tau, an advanced artificial intelligence developed by Alex (Skrein), her captor. Tau is armed with a battalion of drones that automate a futuristic smart house. Julia, showing resourcefulness and courage, must race against time to bridge the boundaries between man and machine, connect to Tau and win her freedom before she suffers the same fate as the previous subjects.
“From the first moment Noga’s script made the Blacklist, we knew we wanted to be part of this special project,” said David Goyer. “Federico’s vision for the film was one of the most assured director presentations I have ever seen. Our backing of these two new voices continues our commitment to emerging filmmakers. We want to thank Ken and the Waypoint team for helping us bring this exciting story to life.”
Following her break-our performance in indie horror hit It Follows, Maika Monroe is much in-demand. The actress is currently in production on Peter Landesman’s Felt starring Liam Neeson and will next se seen in Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence. Skrein recently co-starred in the Ryan Reynolds smash Deadpool. He has In Darkness opposite Natalie Dormer in the pipelines as well as Gateway 6 with Rhys Ifans.
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Goyer’s work includes The Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel for Warner Bros. D’Alessandro is the artist responsible for a number of Marvel’s most iconic visual sequences with credits including Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3.
Monroe, D’ Alessandro, Landau and Goyer are repped by WME while Skrein is repped by CAA and 42. Waypoint Entertainment recently acquired the rights to two Mark Millar properties, American Jesus and Supercrooks which Kao will produce with partner Dan Kao and Addictive Pictures’ Ackerman and Schoenfelder under their first-look deal.
Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder’s Addictive Pictures is a film and television production company with a specialty in elevated genre films. Addictive is currently prepping Jeremy Saulnier’s next film Hold the Dark for A24, and Phantom Four recently closed a deal for Deeper written by Max Landis starring Bradley Cooper at MGM. Recently, Phantom Four also produced Fox Searchlight’s The Birth of A Nation, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience award and Grand Jury prize. Up next for Phantom Four is the recently announced Open Road and Lakeshore Entertainment’s Miles, a feature film written and directed by Oliver Daly based on his original short which started a bidding war amongst producers last year, 20th Century Fox’s The First Omen, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman for New Line, and Lionsgate’s The Breach, which Goyer will direct with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing.
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