Pierce Brosnan has signed on to topline the dramatic thriller Urge, about a group of friends, who while on holiday at an island destination, take part in a new designer drug that makes them lose their ability to control their urges. Brosnan will play the creator and gate-keeper of the island’s new drug. Urge marks the feature directorial debut of Aaron Kaufman, who has served as a producer on Robert Rodriguez‘s Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and was also the executive producer on Jon Favreau‘s Chef. Kaufman co-penned the script with Jason Zumwalt (Flock of Dudes) and Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight). Urge will go before the cameras this October in New York. Brosnan was recently seen in Relativity’s action film The November Man which made close to $25 million at the domestic B.O. Skip Williamson (Underworld) and Mark Neveldine (Crank) will produce the project through their Blackmrkt Incorporated banner while Bridgeworks Media Capital, TCI and Tresoro Ventures will finance. Tim Smith, Alastair Burlingham, Lee Vandermolen, Yoram Barzilai, Frank Martinez, Anthony Gudas, Clay Pecorin and Peter Fruchtman will serve as EPs. Brosnan is repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman. Kaufman is represented by WME and Raskin Anderson. UTA and Eric Suddleson of Felker/ Toczek / Gellman / Suddleson represent Williamson and Neveldine. Mendelsohn Law is handling Urge.