“Have you ever seen anybody do anything like this before?” In The Frozen Ground, an Alaska State Trooper (Nicolas Cage) asks that question about a series of particularly brutal cold-case serial killings in which the lead suspect is an upstanding local citizen (John Cusack). The only real lead is Cindy (Vanessa Hudgens), a stripper who’s the one would-be victim to escape from the killer. Writer-director Scott Walker’s film, based on real events, co-stars Dean Norris, Olga Valentina, Michael McGrady, Radha Mitchell and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who also is among its producers. Lionsgate opens the thriller August 23:
EXCLUSIVE: Nicolas Cage and John Cusack are in talks to star in The Frozen Ground, a drama to shoot this fall in Anchorage, Alaska. It will mark the feature directing debut of Scott Walker, who wrote the script. Pic is based on true events surrounding Alaska’s most notorious serial predator, Robert Hansen. Cusack is in talks to play a respected family man who for over 12 years abducted more than 24 women and flew them into the Alaskan wilderness to be hunted. Cage is in talks to play a principled and dedicated Alaskan State Trooper who finds Hansen’s only surviving teen victim alive on the street. The trooper and the young girl finally bring Hansen to justice.
The pic’s produced by Emmett Furla Films’ Randall Emmett and George Furla and Amber Entertainment’s Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky. Pic will be exec produced by Envision Entertainment’s Stephan Martirosyan and Remington William Chase, and Curtis Jackson. Financing is by Emmett Furla and Voltage will handle international sales. Emmett Furla just finished Fire With Fire and the Stephen Frears-directed Lay the Favorite and is gearing up for production on Broken City and the David Ayer-directed End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal.