StudioCanal, APG team for ‘Samaritan’

Pic focuses on yacht couple terrorized by pirates

HOLLYWOOD — Artists Production Group and StudioCanal have jointly purchased “The Good Samaritan,” an original pitch from writer Matthew Cirulnick.

APG execs Steve Barnett and Dave Cohen brought the pitch to APG and will oversee its development. Cathy Schulman, president of production at APG, said, “Matt Cirulnick has an extremely commercial sensibility, and we’re thrilled to again be in business with such a talented and fresh young writer.”

Pirate trouble

In “The Good Samaritan,” a married couple buys a yacht to travel around the world in an effort to rekindle their love. After pulling a dying man from the South China Sea, the couple soon becomes terrorized by modern-day pirates.

Cirulnick, repped by UTA and AMG, is currently writing the Sci Fi fiction-horror franchise “Nightmare Creatures” for APG and director Ralph Zondag (“Dinosaur”).

Since graduating college two years ago, the scribe is on a roll. His other credits include Dimension Films’ “Total Recall 2,” New Line’s “Full Contact” and Dimension’s “Paid in Full,” which recently wrapped production.

Projects popping

APG’s slate of projects includes “You Stupid Man,” starring Milla Jovovich, Denise Richards and Billy Baldwin, which recently wrapped production; Ed Burns’ “Sidewalks of New York,” to be released by Paramount Classics this fall; Michael Crichton’s “Timeline,” in pre-production for Paramount Pictures; Tom Clancy’s “Rainbow Six” and “Without Remorse,” set up at Paramount; and Tess Gerritson’s “Gravity,” set up at Fox.