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Lava Bear working ‘Freakshift’ with Wheatley

Shingle in talks for monster action thriller

Lava Bear is in exclusive negotiations to acquire monster action thriller “Freakshift,” which “Kill List” director Ben Wheatley will helm.

Co-written by Wheatley and Amy Jump, pic is set in a world where monsters rise from the ground and terrorize citizens when night falls. The Freakshift is a band of government-organized misfits and lawbreakers who hunt and kill the creatures for civic duty, sport and money.

Rook Films’ Andrew Starke, Claire Jones and Lava Bear will produce. Katherine Butler will exec produce via the Film4 banner which developed and co-financed the project.

Pic marks Film4’s third collaboration with Wheatley and Rook Films, following “Kill List” and “Sightseers,” the latter of which preemed at Cannes.

Wheatley is repped by WME, the Independent Talent Group and Greg Slewett. Jump is repped by Independent Talent Group.

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