Icon Entertainment Intl. has picked up international sales rights to Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming feature project “The Stanford Prison Experiment” which he and Tim Talbott co-wrote reports Variety.
Based on the true story of Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s ground-breaking study of human behavior at Stanford University in 1971, student volunteers were assigned roles as guards and prisoners in a mock prison, but the relationship between them degenerated so rapidly into abuse that Zimbardo had to abandon the experiment halfway through.
Kieran Culkin, Paul Dano, Jesse Eisenberg, Charlie Hunnam, Ben McKenzie, Giovanni Ribisi and Channing Tatum all star in the project. Shooting begins in October at the Stanford campus in Palo Alto, California, and in Regina, Canada.