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Wright helms UA’s ‘Supernova’

Wilson-scripted pic chronicles deep-space hospital ship

Australian director Geoffrey Wright has signed to pilot United Artists’ sci-fi thriller “Supernova,” marking his first time at the helm of an American picture.

Pic, written by David Campbell Wilson, chronicles the adventures of a deep-space hospital ship and its crew. When the ship comes to the aid of a space vessel in distress, the crew becomes endangered by a man they rescue.

Ash Sha, Dan Chuba and Jamie Dixon will produce. Project will likely start shooting in March.

“Geoffrey Wright caused an international stir with brave and audacious films such as ‘Romper Stomper’ and ‘Metal Skin,’ ” said Lindsay Doran, president and chief operating officer of UA. “His style is ideally suited to this terrifying story and I am thrilled that he will be making his first American motion picture for United Artists.”

Wright wrote and directed the pics Doran referred to, as well as “Lover Boy,” starring Noah Taylor.

UA’s Jeff Kleeman, exec VP of production, and James Middleton, VP of production and development, are executives on the project. The film will be released by MGM Distribution Co.

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