Chris Evans will be teaming up with sci-fi film director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) for a disaster thriller.
Evans, who may be best known for playing Captain America in the MCU, has been cast as the lead in Greenland, a survival thriller to be directed by Blomkamp. While plot details are being kept under wraps, the official press release does reveal that the film will follow “one family’s fight for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster.”
Thunder Road Picture’s Basil Iwanyk (Sicario, John Wick, The Town) is producing the picture, which is being financed by rising company Anton and Riverstone Pictures. Anton’s Sébastien Raybaud and Harold van Lier are on board as executive producers with Riverstone’s Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar.
“When we read Greenland, we knew it was exactly the sort of film we wanted to make as we build the Anton brand – smart, character driven genre with action and heart,” Anton CEO Sébastien Raybaud said in a statement. “We are very excited to work alongside our friends at STX with such exceptional talent as Neill Blomkamp, Chris Evans and Basil Iwanyk.”
Added David Kosse, President of STXinternational, which will handle international distribution and will be directly distributing the film in the UK and Ireland: “Greenland is the kind of highly commercial genre fare that sees Neill Blomkamp doing what he does best: delivering a smart, fresh, high concept narrative in a world we can easily recognize. We were immediately attracted to this talent-driven, wide release, theatrical title that is so distinctive of the STX brand. Working alongside Neill, Thunder Road, Riverstone and Anton to bring this to the marketplace is a tremendous opportunity.”
Greenland will be presented to potential buyers at Cannes’ Marche du Film.
Evans was recently seen playing Cap in Marvel’s mammoth Avengers: Infinity War and will reprise the role again in the still-untitled fourth Avengers film set for release next year. Outside of the MCU, Evans will soon be seen a historical thriller titled The Red Sea Diving Resort. The actor’s also attached to star in a Jekyll and Hyde film, although there hasn’t been much on that front since news of it first broke.
Blomkamp has been tackling more indie projects of late, developing shorts and other content via his production company Oats Studios. You can watch the first short to come from that endeavour right HERE.