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Roadshow skeds King’s ‘Breakdown’

Natali attached to helm pic from first-time scribe

Village Roadshow has optioned first-time scribe Brian King’s spec script “Breakdown in Evandale,” with Vincenzo Natali (“Cube”) attached to helm for producer Paul Schiff and co-producer Matt Berenson.

Roadshow purchased the spec with its own cash, but will co-finance the feature with Warner Bros., where Roadshow is based.

Pic is about a married man recovering from a nervous breakdown who moves to a planned community, only to find himself in a paranoid suburban nightmare.

One exec said it had a ” ‘Twilight Zone’-like twist.”

‘Cube’ roots

Natali made his feature directing debut with the psychological thriller “Cube,” which received the City-TV Award for Best Canadian first feature at the 1997 Toronto film festival. “Cube” is slated to be distributed in the U.S. by Trimark later this year.

Berenson, who had a prior relationship with King, brought the project into Schiff’s Disney-based company.

Village Roadshow prexy of production Bernie Goldman and senior VP Matt Bierman, who met with Berenson to set it up, will oversee it.

King is making his screenwriting debut after a stint as a reader at New Line Cinema.

King’s deal was brokered by ICM’s Kristin Jones. Natali is represented by Endeavor and Toronto-based Characters Agency.

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