Summit to finance, distribute thriller

Nicolas Cage is set to star in “Knowing,” a thriller to be directed by Alex Proyas. Summit Entertainment will fully finance and distribute the pic, which begins production March 17 in Melbourne.

Cage will play a teacher who examines the contents of a time capsule unearthed at his son’s elementary school. Startling predictions in the time capsule that have already come true lead him to believe the world is going to end at the close of the week and that he and his son are somehow involved in the destruction.

Escape Artists partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will produce. Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone are co-producers, and Norm Golightly and David Bloomfield are exec producers.

Escape Artists originated the project with novelist Ryne Pearson, who pitched it and wrote the first draft. “Knowing” has been rewritten by Stiles White and Juliet Snowden; Proyas and Stuart Hazeldine did the most recent draft.

Proyas last helmed “I, Robot.”

“Knowing” gives Escape Artists three imminent production starts, including two at Sony. It is producing with Scott Free the Tony Scott-directed “The Taking of Pelham 123,” starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta, and with Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment, it is producing drama “Seven Pounds,” directed by Gabriele Muccino and starring Smith.

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