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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Maika Monroe and Ed Skrein To Star in Federico d’Alessandro’s Sci-Fi Thriller "TAU"


Waypoint Entertainment to Finance and Phantom Four and Addictive Pictures to Produce. BLOOM to Introduce to Foreign Buyers in Cannes

LOS ANGELES (May 10, 2016) –– BLOOM announced today that Maika Monroe (Independence Day: Resurgence, It Follows) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool) will star in Tau for director Federico D’ Alessandro. Waypoint Entertainment will finance under their first look deal with Addictive Pictures. David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight trilogy) and Kevin Turen (The Birth of a Nation, 99 Homes, All is Lost, Arbitrage) will produce under their Phantom Four banner alongside Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder for Addictive Pictures. Ken Kao, Dan Kao and Luc Etienne will executive produce. BLOOM is handling international sales and will begin introducing the film to foreign buyers in Cannes.  WME will represent the U.S. rights. Currently in pre-production, the sci-fi thriller is penned by Noga Landau.

Once a street-smart grifter, Julia (Monroe) is the latest victim kidnapped and held captive in a fatal experiment. The only thing standing in the way of her freedom is TAU, an advanced artificial intelligence developed by Alex (Skrein), her captor. TAU is armed with a battalion of drones that automate a futuristic smart house.  TAU’s potential is only limited by his understanding of the world he exists in, but TAU is ready for more. Julia, showing resourcefulness and courage, must race against time to bridge the boundaries between man and machine, connect to TAU and win her freedom before she suffers the same fate as the previous subjects.

“From the first moment Noga’s script made the Blacklist, we knew we wanted to be part of this special project,” said David Goyer. “Federico’s vision for the film was one of the most assured director presentations I have ever seen.  Our backing of these two new voices continues our commitment to emerging filmmakers.  We want to thank Ken and the Waypoint team for helping us bring this exciting story to life."   

Best known for her performance in Indie horror hit It Follows, Monroe is currently in production on Peter Landesman’s Felt starring Liam Neeson and in June can be seen in Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence for Twentieth Century Fox.   Skrein recently co-starred in the hit Deadpool for Twentieth Century Fox.

Goyer’s work includes The Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel for Warner Bros., which has led to over $4 billion globally. D'Alessandro is the artist responsible for the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most iconic visual sequences with credits including Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3.

Monroe, D’ Alessandro, Landau and Goyer are represented by WME while Skrein is repped by CAA and 42.

Waypoint Entertainment recently acquired the rights to two Mark Millar properties, American Jesus and Supercrooks which Kao will produce with partner Dan Kao and Addictive Pictures' Ackerman and Schoenfelder under their first-look deal.

The BLOOM and Waypoint Entertainment slate includes: Martin Zandvliet’s The Outsider starring Jared Leto; Scott Cooper’s Hostiles starring Christian Bale; Shane Black’s detective thriller The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling which will make its world premiere in Cannes and be released by Warner Bros. in the U.S. on. May 20 and Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s Woodshock starring Kirsten Dunst.

BLOOM is also handling international sales on: Danny Strong’s Rebel in the Rye starring Nicholas Hoult; George Cloony’s Suburbicon starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore; Liza Johnson’s Elvis & Nixon starring Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon; Michael Apted’s Unlocked starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom; and Renny Harlin’s Skiptrace starring Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville

Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder's Addictive Pictures is a film and television production company with a specialty in elevated genre films.  Addictive is currently prepping Jeremy Saulnier's next film Hold the Dark for A24, and with Phantom Four recently closed a deal for Deeper written by Max Landis starring Bradley Cooper at MGM.

David Goyer’s Phantom Four is an entertainment production company focused on producing powerful, provocative, and innovative visual narrative in film, television, and emerging media. Recently, Phantom Four produced Fox Searchlight’s The Birth of A Nation, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and swept top prizes, including the Audience award and Grand Jury prize. Up next for Phantom Four is the recently announced Open Road and Lakeshore Entertainment's Miles, a feature film written and directed by Oliver Daly based on his original short which started a bidding war amongst producers last year, that was won by Goyer and Phantom Four who then developed the script with Daly. Also upcoming is Max Landis’ Deeper, starring Bradley Cooper, 20th Century Fox’s The First Omen, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman for New Line, and Lionsgate’s The Breach, which Goyer will direct with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing.


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