'Angels' thesp inks supernatural role
After her recent comeback in “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” Demi Moore will take her first lead role in four years in Craig Rosenberg’s romantic thriller “Half Light,” produced by Joel B. Michaels.
Lakeshore is handling international sales for the pic, which starts shooting Aug. 23 in England, Ireland and Wales. Michaels is producing alongside Garth Drabinsky and Brian Oliver.
Redbus Film Distribution is taking U.K. rights, with Simon Franks and Zygi Kamasa as exec producers.
The pic, based on Rosenberg’s original screenplay, is described as a Hitchcockian thriller with a supernatural twist.
Moore will play Rachel Carlson, a successful mystery novelist whose life falls apart when her 5-year-old son drowns at her country home.
A year later, in an effort to heal her wounds and help her to start writing again, her best friend rents her a secluded cottage in a remote fishing village. But events unfold that rock the tranquil village and cause Rachel to fear for her sanity and her life.
Australian-born Rosenberg, who has written scripts for Steven Spielberg, Wes Craven and Art Linson, most recently penned “After the Sunset,” directed by Brett Ratner for New Line, and a remake of Korean hit “A Tale of Two Sisters” for DreamWorks.
“Half Light” will be his sophomore outing as a director, following his 1996 Australian debut “Hotel de Love.”
CAA, representing Moore, brokered the deal with Lakeshore and Redbus. John Ptak and Rick Hess will consult on the U.S. distribution deal.
The financing structure includes coin from Samuels Media Corp., with Steve Samuels taking an exec producer credit. The movie is being set up as a U.K.-qualifying production, with Brit tax coin from Scion Films.
Michaels’ list of producer credits includes “Terminator 3,” “Lolita,” “Cutthroat Island,” “Stargate” and “Universal Soldier.” He’s developing a remake of “The Changeling” with Focus Features.