Based on a screenplay by Dan Wiedenhaupt, the story is set 20,000 years ago in Europe during the Upper Paleolithic period and centers on a young man’s quest to brave the inhospitable and dangerous conditions and find his way back to his tribe.
Plot details are not being disclosed at this time. Shooting is expected to begin in early 2016 in Iceland and Canada.
Sony, which has a deal to release Studio 8 films, will distribute “The Solutrean.”
Hughes will produce with Andrew Rona. Hughes brought Wiedenhaupt on board to write the spec screenplay, which Studio 8 pre-emptively optioned.
Smit-McPhee first broke out opposite Viggo Mortensen in John Hillcoat’s “The Road” and followed that up with “Let Me In.” He can be seen next as Nightcrawler in Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse.” He is repped ICM Partners, MGMT Entertainment and Active Artists Mangagement.
While this will likely be its first film to go into production, Jeff Robinov’s new venture is currently developing a handful of films that include “The Last Duel” with Francis Lawrence attached to direct and a “Nosferatu” remake with “The Witch” helmer Robert Eggers on board to write and direct.