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Shane Abbess to direct ‘7th Day’

Ben Ripley scripting De Laurentiis thriller

Australian filmmaker Shane Abbess (“Gabriel”) will direct “7th Day,” a sci-fi thriller that “Source Code” scribe Ben Ripley is writing for the Dino De Laurentiis Co.

Script, which concerns a voyage to establish a new colony in outer space, is based on an original story by Abbess and Ripley.

Martha De Laurentiis will produce the pic along with Abbess’ Storm Alley Entertainment.

“We are always looking for young, inspiring filmmakers wanting to tell a unique, high-concept story, and after meeting Shane, I decided to immediately snap the property off the market,” said De Laurentiis, who described the story as “The Shining”on a spaceship.

“7th Day” is “going to be a contemporary take with the soul of classic genre,” said Abbess.

“We tried to design sequences at every turn which would surprise us and subvert genre expectations,” said Ripley.

Prexy of production Lorenzo De Maio will oversee the project for Dino De Laurentiis Co., which is still developing a reimagining of “Barbarella,” as well as remakes of Stephen King adaptations “Firestarter” and “Maximum Overdrive.”

Other projects include a feature based on the 1980s TV show “MacGyver,” an adaptation of James Rollins’ bestselling series “Sigma Force” and a supernatural thriller based on Richard Kadrey’s “Sandman Slim” series.

Abbess is repped by WME and Generate, while Gersh and Mosaic rep Ripley.

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