Nicolas Cage to Play a Big-Game Hunter in Action Movie ‘Primal’

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Nicolas Cage will star in the independent action movie “Primal” as a big-game hunter. Production is scheduled to start on Oct. 23 in Puerto Rico.

The project was unveiled Tuesday at the Toronto Film Festival, where the Exchange is launching international sales.

“Primal” is the first project for Wonderfilm Media, launched by Kirk Shaw, Daniel Grodnik, Jeff Bowler, and Bret Saxon as a finance, development, and production entity based in Vancouver and Beverly Hills. Grodnik, who has credits on “Heist” and “Bobby,” is producing and Michael Becker is executive producing.


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The film will be directed by Nick Powell, who is a veteran stunt coordinator with credits on “The Bourne Identity,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and “Resident Evil.”

The script, written by Richard Leder, centers on a big-game hunter for zoos who has booked passage on a Greek shipping freighter with a fresh haul of exotic and deadly animals from the Amazon, including a rare white Jaguar — along with a political assassin being extradited to the U.S in secret. Two days into the journey, the assassin escapes and releases the captive animals, throwing the ship into chaos.

Cage stars with Selma Blair in “Mom and Dad,” portraying parents who inexplicably attack their children in the independent thriller. “Mom and Dad” premiered on Sept. 10 at the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto Film Festival.

Cage is represented by CAA, Link Entertainment and attorneys Jake Bloom and Patrick Knapp at Bloom Hergott and Diemer.

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  1. Jan says:

    Surely these animals will be computer generated and not poor live animals being exploited to make mega $$ at the box office.

  2. Jules says:

    Google Bret Saxon…. he is criminal… scam artist back to his only tricks…. hahahhahahahhahaha. whoever invests in this move will lose all their money.

  3. Jenn says:

    ugh terrible concept – big game hunters are awful cowards. Thankfully it will be another Nick Cage stinker no one will ever see.

  4. mcgwynne says:

    Fine way to wrap a career.
    Play a jerk who rounds up animals for zoos when not shooting them for sport.
    Wonder how he “feels” about that?
    Maybe throw a political assassin in the plot for fun and have the anilmals eat him at the very end as Cage locks himself in a cage so as not to be “lunch”.
    That way the “Ghost ship” can float for three sequels.

    • Stop Safari Club Serial Killers says:

      Absolutely agree with commenter above. It’s a disgrace that Cage is taking on the role of a big game hunter (let’s just call it what it is – trophy hunter) in a sleaze bag film that clearly promotes hunting and villainizing wild animals. How low does Cage need to sink for $$$? Why don’t they just add Safari Club International Presents… above the title. Sickening.

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