When they created the visuals for the precognitive crime scenes in Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report,” Kurt Mattila and Matt Checkowski had premonitions that good things would result. Sure enough, the duo has been locked to direct “The Alibi,” a Summit Entertainment-funded drama that will begin production this fall.
Set in San Francisco and L.A., “The Alibi” revolves around a guy who creates alibis for cheating spouses. Circumstances force him to confront his own criminal past to get a client out of a murder charge.
The pic was scripted by Noah Hawley, author of “A Conspiracy of Tall Men,” and was rewritten by Collin Friesen.
When the William Morris Agency and Exile Entertainment shopped Mattila and Checkowski for their first feature gig, Summit CEO Patrick Wachsberger and production prexy Erik Feig sparked to the “Minority Report” visuals done by the Boston-based duo, as well as other work in directing and editing commercials.
“We’ve done early films with Andy and Larry Wachowski, Darren Aronofsky, Guy Ritchie, Steven Soderbergh and Chris Nolan, and we expect Mattila and Checkowski to emerge the same way,” Feig said.
Aside from Spielberg’s endorsement, particularly in the DVD release of “Minority Report,” Mattila and Checkowski helped their cause by coming prepared to the Summit meeting.
“We pitched some serious changes and wound up storyboarding our entire vision of a different third act that sold it,” Checkowski said.
Mattila added, “Matt and I wanted a chance to put our own spin on genre films, and this is a good chance to bring visual flair to the caper genre.”