Keanu Reeves is in advanced negotiations to star in the romantic-thriller Siberia, directed by Matthew Ross. Hamel and Reeves of Company Films and Gabriela Bacher of Summerstorm/Film House Germany are producing the film. Scott B. Smith (A Simple Plan) writes the script based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel.
IM Global is handling international sales for the title with WME Global repping domestic. It will be launched to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next week.
Story follows an American diamond merchant, who travels to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds of questionable origin. As the deal begins to collapse he falls into an obsessive relationship with a Russian cafe owner in a small Siberian town. As their passion builds, so does the treacherous world of the diamond trade from which he is unable to extricate himself. Both collide as the American man desperately looks for escape in a world with no exit.
IM Global’s SVP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, John Zois, negotiated the deal on behalf of IM Global.
Reeves starred alongside Lily Collins in Marti Noxon’s To the Bone, a drama that premiered in Sundance’s U.S. Dramatic section last month and sold to Netflix for $8 million. He’s in John Wick 2, which opens February 10, and is attached to upcoming title Chinese road movie Rally Car with Olivier Megaton.
Ross is the writer-director behind Frank & Lola, starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots. The film, which marked his directorial debut, premiered to critical acclaim at Sundance 2016 and was released through Universal.
IM Global is also headed into EFM with sexy noir Serenity, written and directed by Steven Knight with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in negotiations to star.
Reeves and Ross are repped by WME and Ross is managed by MGMT.