Thesp quintet fills tank as ‘Octane’ hits the gas

Adams to helm Volk-scripted pic

Four Horsemen Films, the new genre label of U.K.-based production company Random Harvest, has lined up Madeleine Stowe (“We Were Soldiers”), Norman Reedus (“Blade 2”), Bijou Phillips (“Almost Famous”), Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (“Bend It Like Beckham”) and Mischa Barton (“The Sixth Sense”) to headline its first production, the $11.5 million film “Octane.”

Pic, to be directed by Marcus Adams (“Long Time Dead”) from Stephen Volk’s screenplay, is produced by Random Harvest joint managing director Alistair MacLean-Clark and Basil Stephens with Delux Films co-producing. Lensing begins June 3 on location in Luxembourg.

“This is a tremendous first project for Four Horsemen,” said MacLean-Clark. ‘Octane’ is based on a bone-chilling, suspenseful script, coupled with a very strong cast that is perfect for the film’s target market.”

The supernatural thriller concerns a mother (Stowe) who suspects that the people who have lured away her teenage daughter (Barton) are not what they seem.

Launched in February 2002, Four Horsemen Films was set up to make movies targeted at auds 16-25. Four Horsemen Films also will produce the action thriller “LD 50” and horror spoof “Dead Meat” in 2002. Under an exclusive three-year all-rights agreement, Buena Vista Intl. handles European distribution of Four Horsemen films.

Random Harvest is a publicly quoted company that finances its movies partly from private equity raised under the U.K.’s Enterprise Investment Scheme.