Olivier Megaton to helm indie ‘Land of the Living’

Abduction thriller was written by Sean Gullette

“Columbiana” director Olivier Megaton has come onboard to direct indie abduction thriller “Land of the Living” from a screenplay by Sean Gullette. Shooting starts in January.

Emjag Prods., Stone Village, Battleplan Prods., Film 360 and Dro Entertainment announced Monday that they will jointly produce.

Film is based on the British novel by Nicci French (the pseudonym of British husband-and-wife team Nicci Gerard and Sean French). Producers are Emjag’s Alexandra Milchan, Stone Village’s Scott Steindorff, Battleplan Prods.’ Marc Frydman, Film 360’s Scott Lambert and Dro Entertainment’s Peter Fruchtman.

Stone Village’s Dylan Russell and Scott LaStaiti will exec produce.

Story centers on a young advertising executive who is abducted on the streets of Los Angeles, manages to escape and — with almost no help from the police — tracks down her would-be killer.

Film 360 is the production arm of talent and literary management company Management 360, with David Frankel’s “Hope Springs” set for an August release from Sony. Emjag’s Alexandra Milchan will next produce Robert Luketic’s “Paranoia,” which starts shooting July 19, and then Martin Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street.”

Stone Village is financing and producing an adaptation of Russian novel “The Master and Margarita” from a screenplay by Caroline Thompson, as well as “The Ballad of Pablo Escobar,” written by Matthew Aldrich, both scheduled for early 2013 starts.

Megaton is repped by WME. Gullette is repped by Craig Cohen at McCue, Sussmane & Zapfel.

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