EXCLUSIVE: The King’s Speech and Wolf Hall financier Hindsight Media (previously known as Prescience) has splashed on rights to sci-fi movie spec Anima, I can reveal. The mid-six-figure deal is the UK outfit’s biggest single development acquisition to date. While plot details are being kept under wraps I understand the thriller follows a prisoner who is sentenced to solitary confinement on a remote asteroid.
Swedish directing duo Fredrik Akerstrom and Markus Kryler (pictured), known for directing hit video game Battlefield 1 are attached to direct the script from Steve Isles (The Possession Of David O’Reilly). Project is being pitched as in the vein of Moon and Ex Machina.
Hindsight Media CEO James Swarbrick (The Last Days On Mars) will produce alongside Water & Power Production’s Tom Miller (Aaaaaaaah!) as well as Jon Kanak (Slumber), who reps both the writer and the directors. The team is eying a fall production start. Earlier this year, Kryler and Akerstrom sold their pitch Reset to Paramount, with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian and Kanak producing.
UK financier Prescience was rebranded as Hindsight last year with Swarbrick as CEO and Tim Smith (The King’s Speech) as chairman. The film, TV and games financier runs EIS fund Hindsight Media, which backed Julian Fellowes’ Crooked House, and mezzanine fund H2 with fellow UK financier Head Gear. Hindsight also comprises in-house rights management and sales arm Legacy, which is headed up by James Scott. Ignition Media Finance remains the group’s tactical lending subsidiary and we understand another fund could be on the way this summer.
Recent investments for Hindsight include Lea Seydoux-Ewan McGregor sci-fi Zoe, Disney dog movie Patrick, starring Ed Skrein, and Liam Hemsworth action-drama Killerman. Previous investments include Oscar-winner The King’s Speech, The Guard and A Street Cat Named Bob as well as hit TV drama Wolf Hall.
Manager Jon Kanak and UTA represent Isles and Kryler/Akerstrom. Morris Yorn reps the trio as well. The directing duo are no longer attached to sci-fi-thriller Hummingbird, we understand.