Rupert Wyatt to Direct, Write Sci-Fi Film ‘Captive State’ (EXCLUSIVE)

After focusing on TV work in the past year, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt has found his next film.

Wyatt will direct the sci-fi pic “Captive State,” which he co-wrote with his wife Erica Beeney. Sources tell Variety a competitive auction is underway, with a mix of studios and financiers currently chasing the property. The parties involved expect a deal to be sealed before Labor Day weekend.

Plot details are being kept under wraps for the film, which will go into production sometime in 2017.

Wyatt hasn’t directed a movie since Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson’s 2014 remake of “The Gambler.” He was at one point attached to direct Fox’s “Gambit,” which recently lost its latest director, Doug Liman, due to scheduling conflicts.

In the past year, the helmer has been busy working on various TV projects, including the highly anticipated “The Exorcist” series at Fox. He serves as exec producer and director on the show.

He also recently worked on the AMC Revolutionary War series “Turn.” He is repped by UTA and Gang Tyre.

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