HN Entertainment had learned earlier in the month that Neill Blomkamp would be writing and directing a brand new film titled Inferno, after exiting RoboCop Returns.
Inferno has now been made official. Also, AGC Studios (seemingly changing hands from Miramax) is now behind the project with True Detective actor Taylor Kitsch attached to star in the lead role.
Production is set to begin in early and will be officially taking place in New Mexico.
The South African filmmaker — who made a major Oscar-nominated splash with his 2009 directorial debut District 9 — is prepping sci-fi thriller Inferno, with Taylor Kitsch attached to star and production expected to commence in early 2020.
Here are the first concrete details about the project via TheHollywoodReporter.
Once again blurring the line between humans and aliens, Inferno is described by the filmmakers as a “one-of-a-kind epic sci-fi thriller where nothing is what it seems.” Kitsch will play a cop called in to investigate a seemingly ordinary murder in the New Mexico desert. The arrival of the FBI confirms his suspicions that something much bigger — perhaps even extraterrestrial — is at play.
The hunt for the killer soon puts him face-to-face with a humanoid beast that will stop at nothing to exterminate the one witness to the crime. As the hunt becomes personal with the abduction of his wife, “everything he knows about the universe will be challenged, and our connection to other life forces in the universe will be revealed.”
This is good news for Neill Blomkamp after exiting previous studio science-fiction films such as Alien 5, Greeland, and most recently MGM’s RoboCop Returns.
Taylor Kitsch has had his own bumpy road with feature film projects that didn’t land with critics such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Battleship.
His Disney fantasy film John Carter (not a bad movie) had once been hailed as the biggest box office flop in history due to its massive CGI budget.
He’s since bounced back with roles in Only The Brave, HBO’s True Detective, and Lone Survivor.
Once the project finds domestic and international distributors we might have an idea when to expect a release date.
We’re going to stay optimistic about Inferno as the concept certainly sounds very interesting.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER