EXCLUSIVE: Start Motion Pictures has set 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct and Shia LaBeouf to star in Villain, a psychological thriller written by Robocop remake scribe Josh Zetumer. Villain follows two brothers who mysteriously re-connect in an unforgiving wilderness. The role of the other brother will be set shortly. Start Motion Pictures’ Ben Browning, Sarah Shepard and Jeremy Kipp Walker will produce, and Michael Maher will executive produce with Zetumer. Start will also finance. Wild Bunch will be selling the film in Cannes, alongside their other titles that include the Nicolas Refn-directed Only God Forgives, James Gray’s The Immigrant and Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties.
Start Motion Pictures, formerly Wayfare Entertainment, recently announced their re-branding as part of an ongoing effort of parent company Start Media LLC to unify the branding and operations of its growing portfolio of entertainment and media holdings. Start Media is also at Cannes with the Brian Kirk-directed science fiction film Passengers, which will star Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon. Fresnadillo is repped by UTA, LaBeouf by CAA and John Crosby Management, and Zetumer by UTA and Management 360.