GERARD BUTLER IN NEGOTIATIONS AND RIC ROMAN WAUGH TO DIRECT THUNDER ROAD AND ANTON’S DISASTER THRILLER “GREENLAND”
STXINTERNATIONAL TO HANDLE DISTRIBUTION WITH PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY TO BEGIN MAY 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 9, 2019) — Gerard Butler (Den of Thieves, London Has Fallen) is in negotiations to play the lead role in the disaster thriller Greenland about one family’s fight for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster, re-teaming him with director Ric Roman Waugh (Angel Has Fallen), it was announced today. Principal photography is set to commence in May in Toronto.
Butler and Waugh most recently collaborated on the upcoming blockbuster Angel Has Fallen, the follow-up to Butler’s Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen franchise, which he produced and has collectively earned nearly $400 million worldwide. Butler is also widely known for lending his voice to the How to Train Your Dragon series that has generated $1.1 billion globally, with the third installment releasing February 22. Most recently, he earned critical praise for his performance in The Vanishing, and produced Them That Follow, which premiered at Sundance.
Greenland is produced by Thunder Road Films Basil Iwanyk (A Star is Born, Sicario, John Wick), who also developed the project, with Butler and Alan Siegel via their G-BASE production company. Anton is fully financing with Anton’s Sébastien Raybaud and Harold van Lier executive producing. CAA Media Finance arranged the film’s financing and will represent the project’s domestic rights alongside Anton.
STXinternational, a division of STX Entertainment, is handling international distribution on the highly anticipated film, as well as directly distributing in the UK and Ireland. The company will present the repackaged project to buyers at the upcoming EFM in Berlin.
Ric Roman Waugh recently produced, wrote and directed the harrowing drama Shot Caller, starring Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. He wrote and directed the thriller Snitch, starring Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper, Michael K. Williams, Benjamin Bratt, Jon Bernthal and Melina Kanakaredes for Participant Media and Summit. Snitch also offered a pointed look at the United States’ draconian mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Prior to that, Waugh helmed the critically acclaimed film Felon, from his own screenplay for Sony. He also produced and directed the critically hailed documentary That Which I Love Destroys Me, released by Participant Media/Takepart. The documentary follows two Special Forces soldiers as they grapple with PTSD upon their return to the United States. Since its nationwide tour, where countless vets stood up and asked for help after watching the doc’s message, the Veteran Affairs has made Waugh’s documentary part of its official doctrine to help veteran’s return.
Butler is repped by CAA and Alan Siegel Entertainment. Waugh is repped by WME and Tara Kole at Gang Tyre.
About Thunder Road Films
Basil Iwanyk is the founder and owner of Thunder Road Films, one of the most prolific and respected independent film companies in Hollywood. Thunder Road’s films have been nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Producers Guild Awards, Writers Guild Awards, Directors Guild Awards, and AFI Awards, as well as have appeared at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, and Berlin Film Festivals. Thunder Road’s films have collectively grossed over $2.6 billion worldwide.
Iwanyk’s most recent releases include: A Star is Born, directed by and starring Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper opposite Lady Gaga; A Private War directed by Academy Award nominated Matthew Heineman, starring Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan; the searing crime thriller sequel Sicario: Day of the Soldado, starring Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin; Wind River, the lauded directorial debut of Taylor Sheridan starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen; and the actioners John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2, starring Keanu Reeves, both of which were critical and commercial successes. Basil is currently in post-production on the 3rd installment, which will be released May 17, 2019. The John Wick franchise has grown to include a forthcoming Starz TV series, 2 planned spinoff features, comic books, and 4 video games. Up next, he has: Hotel Mumbai, based on the siege of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, which Bleecker Street will release in early 2019; The Informer, a thriller starring Rosamund Pike, Joel Kinnaman and Common; and The Current War, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon and Tom Holland.
Founded by Sebastien Raybaud in 2011, Anton is a global content business which creates, produces, finances and distributes across both film and TV. The company debuted its pioneering co-financing model by partnering with StudioCanal on acclaimed international productions such as Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson, the Paddington franchise, and Shaun the Sheep.
Anton’s slate includes the horror thriller The Night House, starring Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall, directed by David Bruckner and produced by David S. Goyer, and Scott Free’s Naked Singularity which will be written and directed by Chase Palmer and starring John Boyega.
Upcoming projects include the animated feature, Fireheart, from the successful producers of Leap!. TV titles include the recent BBC success McMafia, and the upcoming adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials for HBO starring James McAvoy and Ruth Wilson and directed by Tom Hooper.
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