Capitol Films lights up ‘Blackout’

Castaneda to helm indie thriller

MORELIA, Mexico — U.K.-based Capitol Films has boarded English-language indie thriller “Blackout,” developed by Italian producer Valerio Morabito. Mexican helmer Rigoberto Castaneda (“Km 31”) is set to direct.

Film stars Amber Tamblyn, Irish thesp Aidan Gillen and Armie Hammer.

“Blackout,” a first script by Ed Dougherty, traps the three characters in a mirrored elevator for 24 hours during a power outage. Each of the three has a compelling reason to urgently escape the situation, which quickly turns desperate.

Script follows a structure similar to that of “Lost,” ping-ponging between flashbacks and the elevator.

Producers are Morabito (“Kiss Me First”) and partner Simon O’Leary.

Capitol Films recently joined the E4.5 million ($5.64 million) project. Shooting begins Monday in Barcelona, although the film is set in an unidentified U.S. city by the sea. Producers are still in talks with distributors.

“Blackout” is the first English-language project for Castaneda. His first film, supernatural horror mystery “Km. 31,” world preems today at the Morelia Film Festival. Produced by Mexican production company Lemon Films and Filmax Intl., “Km. 31” is being distributed in Mexico by Videocine and is set for a February release.

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