“Bears,” “Artist’s Wife,” “Afterburn” Get Directors

“Lost” and “Cloverfield” cinematographer Michael Bonvillain will make his directorial debut on the dark comedy “Teddy Bears Are For Lovers,” a feature inspired by David Ernesto Vendrell’s short film with Vendrell penning the feature’s script.

Set during a Valentine’s Day party, the story follows a college playboy and his current head-over-heels girlfriend as they are targeted by a group of bloodthirsty, but adorable teddy bears who come to life seeking revenge for the broken hearts of Collin’s ex-girlfriends. Talks are underway with Weta Workshop to build the malevolent teddy bears.

That isn’t the only project to score a helmer today as “Call Me By Your Name” executive producer Tom Dolby has been set as director of “The Artist’s Wife”.

The story follows the wife (Lena Olin) of famed artist Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern) who lives in the shadow of her husband. However, while preparing work for his latest exhibition, Richard is diagnosed with dementia and Claire shields his illness from the art community and tries to help him reconnect with his daughter and grandson. Juliet Rylance also stars.

Finally, action director Jung Byung-gil has been set to direct the Gerard Butler-led futuristic action adventure “Afterburn” for Original Film, G-BASE and Endurance Media. Filming aims to begin late summer from a script by Matt Johnson (“Into the Blue”).

Set five years after a solar flare disrupts all technology in Europe, a treasure hunter (Butler) goes to France to retrieve the Mona Lisa. Paired with a strong-willed, female weapons expert with her own agenda, the two search for the famed painting and encounter unexpected enemies along the way.

Source: Deadline