EXCLUSIVE: Lotus Entertainment and Davids Canton Production are partnering on psychological thriller Restart based on Matthew Klein’s novel No Way Back which was published this spring by Corvus. Brad Anderson (The Call, The Machinist) is attached to direct from a script penned by Gregory Poirier (National Treasure: Book Of Secrets). Restart centers on an ordinary man who discovers that his entire life is being infiltrated and manipulated by a terrifying criminal network. Danny Davids and Neil Canton are producing. Lotus’ Jim Seibel, Bill Johnson and D.J. Gugenheim are exec producing. WME Global is representing domestic while Lotus Entertainment is handling international sales. Anderson is currently in production on Eliza Graves with Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Cane and Ben Kingsley. He is repped by WME, Cinetic Management and Sloss Eckhouse Law Co. Poirier is repped by WME and Anonymous Content. Klein is repped by IPG’s Joel Gotler on behalf of the Phil Spitzer Agency.
BREAKING: The Brad Anderson-directed thriller Eliza Graves is based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe and begins production next week. If it makes it, the Millennium Films project will mark the end of a long road for screenwriter Joseph Gangemi, who penned the script adapting “The System Of Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether” 15 years ago, with three studios taking a crack at it before Millennium acquired U.S. rights at the last American Film Market. Now David Thewlis and Brendan Gleeson have joined a cast that already includes Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine in a thriller about a young doctor who comes to apprentice at a mental institution and meets a beautiful patient that he falls in love with amidst a set of difficult circumstances, which may be more complicated than they seem. Bruce Davey, Mel Gibson, Mark Amin and Cami Winikoff are producing. Executive producers are David Higgins, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman and Mark Gill.