Focus Features nabs ‘Compliance’ helmer pitch

Craig Zobel will write, direct untitled thriller

Focus Features has acquired an untitled thriller pitch from “Compliance” helmer Craig Zobel, who is set to write and direct the project.

Jack Turner (“Cold Weather”) and Nicholas Shumaker (“Another Earth”) will produce the pic, which is keeping its logline under wraps. Producers recently teamed together on Jim Mickle’s indie thriller “We Are What We Are.”

Zobel recently signed on to direct Nissar Modi’s Black List script “Z for Zachariah,” a post-apocalyptic drama based on the novel by Robert C. O’Brien that will star Tobey Maguire, who is also onboard to produce. CAA is putting together financing for the pic and is repping its domestic rights. Helmer is a longtime collaborator of David Gordon Green who recently produced the latter’s indie comedy “Prince Avalanche,” starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. Magnolia Pictures’ “Compliance,” which garnered strong reviews and passionate reactions at Sundance earlier this year, grossed TK its opening frame.

Focus Features is gearing up for awards season with the release of Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land” and Bill Murray-starrer “Hyde Park on Hudson.” Company also released Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” and Laika’s animated pic “ParaNorman.” Focus’s next release is the Sundance acquisition “For a Good Time, Call…” on Aug. 31.

Zobel is repped by CAA, Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Robert D. Koch.

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