David Morrissey has landed the male lead opposite Sharon Stone in “Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction,” which Michael Caton-Jones will helm in London this March.
Intermedia has financed the film with a domestic distribution deal at MGM, with C2 Pictures partners Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna brokering international rights.
Having established himself as a fiery presence in such British TV films as “State of Play” and “The Deal,” Morrissey has begun to make his mark on this side of the Pond.
He just starred opposite Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen in “Derailed,” Miramax’s adaptation of the James Siegel novel, and “The Wild and Wycked World of Brian Jones,” based on the life story of the Rolling Stones guitar player.
In the script by Leora Barish and Henry Bean, Stone’s sociopathic sexpot Catherine Tramell character relocates from San Francisco to London and quickly finds herself on the wrong side of the law. Morrissey plays a criminal psychologist assigned the task of evaluating her by Scotland Yard. She may finally have met her match in the shrink.
Long-in-the-works sequel stalled when Stone and the producers got into a legal spat over her paycheck after the film fell apart several years ago. While MGM and C2 contemplated making the film as a free-standing project because they liked the script, a settlement was reached, and the film came back together quickly.