BLOCKBUSTER DIRECTOR STEVEN QUALE TO DIRECT “ALPHAS” FOR PRODUCERS VOLTAGE PICTURES, PIERRE MOREL AND SENTIENT ENTERTAINMENT
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 3, 2018) — Visionary director Steven Quale (Into the Storm, Aliens of the Deep) is set to direct the upcoming aquatic thriller Alphas based on the screenplay by Frank Hannah (The Cooler) for producers Academy Award-winning Nicolas Chartier (The Hurt Locker, Wind River) for Voltage Pictures, Pierre Morel (Taken, Peppermint) and Sentient Entertainment’s, Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin. Jonathan Deckter, President and COO of Voltage Pictures will executive produce.
When a school of great white sharks terrorizes a coastal town, the only hope is a damaged killer whale who has been in solitary confinement for years after killing its trainer.
In addition to producing, Voltage Pictures will also finance the film and is handling worldwide sales for the highly anticipated VFX thriller.
“Alphas typifies the kind of highly commercial, yet sophisticated films that attract buyers to the Voltage slate,” said Nicolas Chartier, CEO of Voltage Pictures. “Steven Quale has a formidable track record of bringing beautifully made blockbusters to screen and we’re thrilled to be working with him and our producing partners Pierre and the Sentient team to bring Alphas to life.”
Steven Quale’s credits include New Line Cinema’s Final Destination 5 and the action thriller Into the Storm. A protégé of three-time Academy Award-winning director James Cameron, Quale served as his longtime second unit director including the box office juggernauts Avatar and Titanic. Quale and Cameron co-directed the stunning documentary Aliens of the Deep for Buena Vista Pictures.
Frank Hannah is the Scottish-born screenwriter and filmmaker, known for writing the critically acclaimed The Cooler starring William H. Macy, Maria Bello, and Alec Baldwin. Hannah recently wrote the Paul Watson high seas adventure Sierra.
Quale is repped by Gersh, Artists First, and attorney Adam Kaller. Hannah is repped by Sentient Entertainment
ABOUT VOLTAGE PICTURES
Voltage Pictures, established in 2005, is a privately held, film and television production, financing and sales entity. Voltage has won six Academy Awards including Best Picture for The Hurt Locker, and three Academy Awards for Dallas Buyers Club. Voltage recently completed the drama The Professor and the Madman starring Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Natalie Dormer, and Steve Coogan and in post-production is the thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Kaya Scodelario, and Jim Parsons.
The company is currently in production on Eve directed by Tate Taylor and starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, John Malkovich, Common, Geena Davis, and Joan Chen. It recently completed production on Then Came You starring Maisie Williams, Asa Butterfield, and Nina Dobrev as well as Welcome Home starring Aaron Paul and Emily Ratajkowski which are set to be released in Fall 2018. Voltage’s recent releases include I Feel Pretty starring Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams and Emily Ratajkowski, which has grossed $96m in worldwide box office; All Eyez on Me, one of the highest-grossing independent films of 2017 via Lionsgate / Summit Releasing; Taylor Sheridan’s critically acclaimed Wind River with Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen.
On the company’s current sales slate is Her Smell, starring Elisabeth Moss, Amber Heard, Cara Delevingne and Dan Stevens, After, based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Anna Todd, and the Toronto International Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize winner Skin starring Jamie Bell.
ABOUT SENTIENT ENTERTAINMENT AND PIERRE MOREL
The producing team of Sentient and Morel most recently collaborated on Peppermint for STX (which Morel directed), Overdrive for TF-1/Paramount and the upcoming Sirius for Hanway. Morel is best known for having directed the international blockbuster Taken (which spawned two sequels and a television series) and the French cult classic District B13 (which spawned a sequel and English language remake), while Sentient president (and former ICM agent) Renee Tab has become one of the most prolific independent female producers in the industry having been nominated for an Emmy for her work on the acclaimed FX limited series “Feud: Bette and Joan”, which her clients Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen co-created and co-wrote with Ryan Murphy. She also recently produced Live starring Aaron Eckhart, Courtney Eaton and Ben McKenzie, and executive produced the sex trafficking drama Sound of Freedom starring Jim Caviezel and Mira Sorvino (under the direction of her client Alejandro Monteverde), as well as both Maps to the Stars (which garnered Julianne Moore a Cannes win and Golden Globe nomination) andCosmopolis for David Cronenberg. Sentient is backed by Italia Film, which includes a first look distribution deal for their territories (including the Middle East, Turkey, India, Greece and a range of other countries). Italia recently became the first company to break the 35-year ban on cinemas in Saudi Arabia with the release of Marvel/Disney’s Black Panther. Italia has been Walt Disney Pictures’ (and now Twentieth Century Fox’s as well) exclusive distributor in the Middle East since 1993 and since 2014 they have been in an exclusive relationship with Dreamworks/Amblin.