Mark Bacci-scripted thriller set for April start

David R. Ellis will direct “Six Days Till Midnight,” a Mark Bacci-scripted thriller set for an April start.

Pic is about a wealthy businessman who encounters a stranger who says he has six days to answer one question. For each day he doesn’t get the answer, a loved one will be killed, ending with the businessman’s death at the end of the sixth day.

The $25 million pic is being financed by Oceana Media and produced through Emmett/Furla Films. Randall Emmett, Arianne Fraser, Ksana Golod and George Parra are producing.

Ellis had a long career as a stuntman before moving to second unit director and then helming the fright films “Final Destination 2,” “Snakes on a Plane,” and most recently “Final Destination 4,” which he shot in 3-D and which New Line/Warner Bros. releases in August.

“I’ve been doing high-concept B movies, and this is the best script I’ve been associated with, a thriller with a great twist,” Ellis told Daily Variety.

Oceana Media’s Myles Nestel and George Furla will be executive producers. Ellis’ daughter, Tawny Ellis Lehman, will be co-producer.

Oceana Media most recently financed the remake “13,” the Ashton Kutcher starrer “Spread,” the upcoming Hilary Swank starrer “Betty Anne Waters” and “The Greatest,” the Pierce Brosnan-Susan Sarandon starrer that will debut at Sundance.

Emmett/Furla just wrapped the Werner Herzog-directed “Bad Lieutenant” with Nicolas Cage.

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