Director Neill Blomkamp, better known for his work in District 9 – which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture –, Elysium and Chappie, is making his “return to feature filmmaking” with the natural-disaster thriller titled Greenland, which Chris Evans –our Captain America in the MCU – will star.
So far, the synopsis of the film has been reported to be “the story of a family’s fight for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster”, but there’s nothing concrete about the film’s plot or which character will Evans be playing.
The film is being co-produced by Anton and Thunder Road Pictures, with STXinternational handling overseas distribution and Anton co-financing the film with Riverstone Pictures.
In a statement, Anton’s Sébastien Raybaud – CEO of Anton – explained why the brand was attracted to this story in particular.
“When we read Greenland, we knew it was exactly the sort of film we wanted to make as we build the Anton brand — smart, character-driven genre with action and heart. We are very excited to work alongside our friends at STX with such exceptional talent as Neill Blomkamp, Chris Evans and Basil Iwanyk.”
On his part, David Kosse – President of STXinternational – added that Greenland is the perfect film for a man like Neill Blomkamp.
“Greenland is the kind of highly commercial genre fare that sees Neill Blomkamp doing what he does best: delivering a smart, fresh, high concept narrative in a world we can easily recognize. We were immediately attracted to this talent-driven, wide release, a theatrical title that is so distinctive of the STX brand. Working alongside Neill, Thunder Road, Riverstone and Anton to bring this to the marketplace is a tremendous opportunity.”
Currently, Evans is in every theatre near you with Avengers: Infinity War, which has earned over $1.4B worldwide so far. But he’s also busy on Broadway with the critically acclaimed Lobby Hero. His upcoming film is Gideon Raff’s The Red Sea Diving Resort, which STXinternational is also repping.
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Principal photography for Greenland is set to begin in late 2018.