Sanctuary will be directed by Apollo 18 helmer Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego and produced by Atlas Independent, the company said today. Written by Ryne Douglas Pearson, the horror pic follows three documentarians who travel to South America to investigate a town that mysteriously disappeared from the map. The trio is led to the ultimate enigma: an immense concrete structure located in the middle of the missing town, with no entrances or exits. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales and will introduce the title next month at EFM in Berlin. It marks the latest tie-up between Atlas Independent and Lopez-Gallego, following December 2013′s Open Grave starring Sharlto Copley and The Man On Carrion Road, which was announced at the last Cannes Film Festival and begins production in April. Atlas Independent is currently in post William Monahan’s Mojave.
EXCLUSIVE: In his first deal since leaving WB, Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures has set up the supernatural-action script Sanctuary at Paramount Pictures. Scripted by Alan Trezza, Sanctuary focuses on a young woman who is possessed by a powerful demonic force. She seeks refuge within The Sanctuary, a Vatican-run secret organization that teaches the possessed to channel their inner demon and use its power as a weapon against evil. The flavor is a cross between Wanted and Blade.
Silver and Andrew Rona will produce, and Silver Pictures’ Alex Heineman will be exec producer and Elizabeth Raposo will oversee for the studio. Trezza is repped by Magnet MGT and attorney Ryan Nord.
Syfy has pulled the plug on drama Sanctuary after four seasons, while A&E has done the same with reality series Dog The Bounty Hunter after eight seasons. For Sanctuary, the writing has been on the wall as there had been no word on its future for five months, since the series’ fourth season finale in December. In the case of Dog The Bounty Hunter, the network and the producers had been negotiating a renewal, according to TMZ. Dog the Bounty Hunter starring Duane “Dog” Champan was a breakout hit for A&E and helped establish the network as a place for docu-reality series.
John Langley, the producer best known for creating and exec producing the long-running reality series Cops, has hired Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary to adapt the William Faulkner novel Sanctuary for a feature. Langley, who most recently produced the features Brooklyn’s Finest and Leaves of Grass, is teamed with Ali exec producer Lee Caplin on the effort. First published in 1931, Faulkner’s bleak tale of a changing social order in the South involved characters that include a ruthless moonshine racketeer and other sinister types who commit murder, abduction and other unsavory deeds. Just the kind of stuff that was prevalent in Pulp Fiction, for which Avary shared a screenwriting Oscar with Quentin Tarantino.
Syfy is going ahead with a fourth season of Sanctuary. The 13-episode Season 4 of the drama series, is slated to begin production in spring 2011 in Vancouver, for a fall 2011 premiere. Sanctuary, created by Damian Kindler, follows brilliant scientist Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and her team as they track down and aid a clandestine population of beings that the world refuses to believe exists. Sanctuary, which is shooting almost entirely on green screen, was the first television series in North America to use exclusively the RED camera.