LONDON — Mark Webber (“Green Room”), Rachel Hurd-Wood (“An American Haunting”) and Lorant Deutsch (“The Visitors: Bastille Day”) have signed on to star in chiller “Labirintus,” which is directed by “The Howling” and “Gremlins” helmer Joe Dante. Goldcrest Films is handling international sales.
“Labirintus” tells the story of a paranormal investigator (Webber), psychiatric researcher (Hurd-Wood) and engineer (Deutsch) who join forces to explore an abandoned subterranean Soviet research facility, hidden within the dark twisting catacombs beneath Buda Castle. When supernatural forces confound and torment the group they begin to question their own sanity. To escape they must quash their fears and lead their team to find and destroy the dark heart of the maze.
Written by Alan Campbell, “Labirintus” is produced by Fabrice Lambot of France’s Metaluna Prods., Lucy Mukerjee-Brown of Mukerjee-Brown Prods., Elizabeth Stanley of Elizabeth Stanley Pictures and Jean-Charles Levy of Forecast Pictures. Nick Quested and Pascal Degove, managing director of Goldcrest, will serve as executive producers for Goldcrest.
Dante’s feature credits include features “The Howling,” “Gremlins” and “Small Soldiers”; TV work includes the anthology series “Masters of Horror” and “Amazing Stories,” as well as episodes of the new “Hawaii 5-0,” “CSI: New York,” “Salem” and “Legends of Tomorrow.”
Goldcrest started selling the film to distributors at the AFM and has already secured deals in Indonesia, Malaysia, Pan Asia TV, Thailand, Israel, South Africa, Turkey and the Middle East.
Hurd-Wood shot to fame with her portrayal of Wendy Darling in P.J. Hogan’s “Peter Pan.” Subsequently she starred in a host of high-profile features including “An American Haunting,” “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer,” “Dorian Gray” and “Soloman Kane.” Most recently she has been seen in Stuart Beattie’s “Tomorrow, When the War Began.”
Webber is best known for his leading performance in the Toronto Film Festival Midnight Madness audience hit “Green Room,” Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs The World,” the Sundance grand jury prize nominee “Happy Christmas,” alongside Anna Kendrick. His feature directorial debut “Explicit Ills,” in which he and Rosario Dawson starred, won the SXSW Audience Award. He also starred on-stage at London’s Almeida Theatre in Neil Labute’s “The Distance from Here.”
Cesar nominee Deutsch will soon be seen in “The Visitors: Bastille Day,” the third outing in Jean-Marie Poire’s hit comedy franchise. Deutsch’s feature credits include performances in Gilles Legrand’s “You Will Be My Son” and “Everybody Is a Killer.”
Dante said: “Mark, Rachel and Lorant are phenomenal actors and I am delighted to be working with them in what I anticipate will be a suspenseful, compelling, spine-tingling chiller.”
Degove said: “Joe’s planning to deliver a chilling thrill for audiences and having the right cast is essential in achieving that. It’s very exciting to have Rachel, Mark and Lorant on board and to be shooting so soon.”
Dante is represented by David Gersh of the Gersh Agency and is managed by Mike Marcus and Dave Brown of Echo Lake Management.
Webber is represented by Glenn Rigberg of Inphenate and attorney Ira Schreck, Hurd-Wood by Saskia Mulder of The Artists’ Partnership, Carter Cohn of ICM Partners and by Silver Lining Entertainment.