Bartkowiak dives into ‘Deep’

Will helm action-adventure for Hannibal Prods.

Andrzej Bartkowiak is going “Beneath the Deep,” signing on to direct Hannibal Prods.’ action-adventure set in the Carribean.

“Deep” will launch production in March in Puerto Rico on a $16 million project.

Hannibal CEO Richard Rionda Del Castro is producing with Armand Speca, who penned the screenplay. Exec producers are Patricia Eberle, Douglas W. Miller, Jeff Andrick and Anthony Gudas.

Hannibal Pictures is the worldwide sales agent for the independent film. Casting is currently under way.

As helmer, Bartkowiak’s credits on actioners include Jet Li’s “Romeo Must Die,” “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li,” “Cradle to the Grave”; “Doom”; and “Exit Wounds.” His credits as d.p. include “The Verdict,” “Lethal Weapon 4,” “Dante’s Peak,” “Prizzi’s Honor” and “Terms of Endearment.”

“Beneath the Deep” follows a group of tourists in search of an underwater adventure in the Caribbean. When natural forces strand them in a vacation spot from hell, they must contend with unexpected visitors that view them as intruders and a threat to their own survival.

“I am always fascinated by what I learn about myself, when I’m thrown into an unknown and uncontrolled situation,” Bartkowiak said. “?’Beneath the Deep,’ set in the idyllic islands of the Caribbean, is a story of resilience and ingenuity when people are faced with unexpected forces, who have no other choice but to fight for survival.”

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