A couple of projects have set directors today. Neil Burger, whose “The Upside” is currently the top film in the country, will do the sci-fi thriller “Voyagers” as his next project, one which will be fully financed and co-produced by AGC Studios. Burger will direct from his own original screenplay this spring with casting now underway.
The story focuses on thirty children sent into space on a multi-generational mission to reach and populate a newly discovered planet. After the adult captain of the mission is mysteriously killed, the young crew descends into chaos, reverting to a primitive tribal state of being and giving in to their most feral and animal desires.
Elsewhere, “A Prayer Before Dawn” helmer Jean-Stephane Sauvaire is set to direct “Jungle Soldier,” a feature based on the life of WW2 soldier Freddy Spencer Chapman. Ben Mac Brown will pen the script.
Chapman was raised in a vicarage after losing both parents at an early age. He would go on to scale the Himalayas, learn to speak Inuit, and become a botanist, writer, photographer and anthropologist. In 1941, he volunteered to operate a counterinsurgency behind enemy lines in the Malayan jungle and pushed himself to his limits in order to survive.
Finally, “Pitch Perfect 3” helmer Trish Sie is set to direct the female-fronted horror comedy “Rebecca and Quinn Get Scared” from a script by Cylin Busby and Nanci Katz.
The story follows two best friends that ditch their overpriced, dead-end lives in New York City to open a bed & breakfast in rural Maine, only to find out that the place is most definitely haunted. Donald De Line will produce.