Natali’s ‘Splice’ is right for Senator

Sci-fi thriller stars Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley

Senator Entertainment has acquired distribution rights in North America, Germany and Spain to the sci-fi thriller “Splice” from writer-director Vincenzo Natali.

Film, which stars Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, revolves around two scientists who undertake illegal genetic experiments and create a new species fusing human and animal DNA. As the pair become global celebrities, the consequences of their accomplishment begin to become apparent.

Natali is a protege of Guillermo del Toro, who is exec producing alongside Senator’s Marco Weber and Don Murphy (“Transformers”). “Splice” was financed by Gaumont and is produced by Steve Hoban of Copperheart Entertainment.

The project is due for theatrical release in 2009.

Senator’s most recent credits include Gregor Jordan’s “The Informers,” starring Billy Bob Thornton and Kim Basinger; ensembler “Fireflies in the Garden,” which features Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson and Julia Roberts; and the horror-thriller “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane,” which the company acquired for U.S. and German distribution.

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