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Trimark bites into ‘Carnivore’

Romero may helm thriller by 'Matrix' creators

Trimark is close to a deal to acquire “Carnivore,” an early script by “The Matrix” writer-directors Larry and Andy Wachowski.

The Santa Monica-based indie is also in talks with horror maestro George Romero to direct the project, tentatively skedded for an August production start.

Described as a sexy, surreal, gothic thriller/fable, “Carnivore” will be produced by Stacy Kramer and Lisa Tornell (“Jawbreaker”).

It would be the first production under Trimark’s new specialized division, headed by senior VP of production Robin Schorr.

“Carnivore” concerns a penniless stranger who comes to town and falls for a mysterious woman. She finds him lodging in a boarding house where the guests keep disappearing and the food tastes funny.

Warner Bros.’ “The Matrix,” the Wachowski brothers’ second feature as co-directors, was released Wednesday and grossed $37.2 million in its first five days. The Chicago-born siblings’ first pic, “Bound,” got a limited release from Gramercy in 1996. The pair also penned the Sylvester Stallone-Antonio Banderas actioner “Assassins.”

Romero, whose credits include horror classics “The Night of the Living Dead” (1968) and “Creepshow” (1982), is repped by the Gersh Agency’s David Gersh and Joe Gatta.

The Wachowskis were repped in the deal by Lawrence Mattis of the Gotham-based Circle of Confusion Agency.