MADRID – Ray Stevenson (“Thor,” the “Divergent” franchise) and David Oakes (“The Borgias,” “The White Queen”) will topline “Cold Skin,” a elevated genre psychological thriller directed by Xavier Gens’ (“Hitman,” “Crucifixion,” “Frontiers”).
Based on a best-seller of the same title by Albert Sanchez Piñol whose adaptation rights were said to have been pursued in their day by Focus Europe and Filmax, “Cold Skin” begins with a young man approaching a remote island on the edge of the Antarctic Circle to relieve a weather observer who has been stationed there in solitude. But all he finds is a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name.
A high-concept, sometimes action thriller, appealing to the contemporary zeitgeist by its portrait of the monstrosity of mankind, “Cold Skin” co-stars Spain’s double-Goya nominee Aura Garrido (“Stockholm,” “The Department of Time”).
Two-time Academy Award winner Gil Parrondo serves as production designer: award-winning Ranchito (“Games of Thrones,” “The Impossible”) supplies VFX.
Co-financing with Kinology is Spain-based Babieka Films, which also lead-produces. Babieka co-produced via a tax vehicle Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and the Mike Medavoy-produced “The Promise,” with Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac. It has just wrapped the Lotus Ent. produced “Crucifixion.” Kanzaman France co-produces.
“I’m delighted to be working again with Xavier Gens, whose first two films I represented, on this highly original and compelling project crafted by the finest European crew,” Melin told Variety.
Principal photography will move to the Canary Islands later this month and then a further part of the shoot is planned for Iceland exteriors, said Babieka’s Denis Pedregosa.