EXCLUSIVE: The Inception star begins filming this British thriller in September on location in Wales. Thandie Newton will play Murphy’s wife. Sony Pictures has already taken UK rights. Moon was its last British acquisition. Another studio deal is pending for Germany. Murphy and Newton will play a husband and wife who rent a remote island cottage while trying to repair their marriage. One day they find a biohazard-suited soldier washed up on the beach, who warns them that everybody on the mainland has been killed by an airborne virus. That’s when the psychological fun-and-games begin…

Producer Gary Sinyor of Magnet Films pitches The Retreat as a landlocked “Knife In the Water meets Dead Calm.” Carl Tibbetts, an editor who’s worked on Alien Vs Predator, is the first-time writer/director. He’s repped by Independent Talent in London. SC Films International is handling worldwide sales. And the executive producer is David Frost – yes, that David Frost from Frost/Nixon.

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