Toronto: Zak Hilditch to Direct, Write ‘Numbskull’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Zak Hilditch will direct “Numbskull,” the story of a former internet star who tries to find his missing daughter.

Rob Paris’s Los Angeles-based Paris Film, Robert Menzies’s Ottawa-based production shingle Zed Filmworks and Canadian real estate developer Alphonse Ghossein’s Go Insane Films will co-finance and produce the picture. Hilditch’s last film, “These Final Hours,” debuted at Cannes in 2014.

William Horberg (“The Talented Mr. Ripley”) will produced the picture, and Ghossein will executive produce.  UK-based Altitude Film Sales will represent the international rights and Paradigm will oversee deals for North America.

“Numbskull” centers on Billy “The Kid” O’Connor, who does extreme stunts, which lead to fame, while breaking every bone in his body. His marriage and family life are also destroyed. However, he has a chance for redemption after his daughter disappears.

The financial partners have teamed up to produce a slate of five films over the first two years. Production will be based in Ottawa.  The first project under the deal is Chris Eigeman’s “Trinity,” which looks at two physicists to help build the first atomic bomb at Los Alamos.

Paris will oversee acquisitions and packaging in Los Angeles while Menzies will run point in Ottawa and oversee all aspects of physical production.

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