Amasia Entertainment has closed a deal for RZA to direct the upcoming action-thriller “Breakout” with filming slated to start in early 2016.
The project re-teams Amasia with RZA, who stars in the company’s “Mr. Right” as a marksman opposite Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick. “Mr. Right” makes its world premiere as the closing night film at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 19.
RZA will direct from a script by Richard D’Ovidio, based on a story from Richard D’Ovidio and Nicole D’Ovidio about a young photographer falsely arrested in Bangladesh for drug trafficking. His prominent father enlists two old friends to help him break his son out of prison and uncover the truth.
“Breakout” is RZA’s third directorial project following 2011’s “The Man with the Iron Fists” and “Coco,” which recently wrapped. “Coco” stars Azealia Banks with John David Washington, Hana Mae Lee, Common and Jill Scott and is set for release from Lionsgate on March 16.
“The multi-talented RZA has mastered the art of music, acting and filmmaking,” said Amasia principals Bradley Gallo and Michael Helfant. “We are ecstatic to have him behind the camera on our next project as he brings a fresh and innovative take to this international action thriller from Rich D’Ovidio.”
Amasia worked with D’Ovidio previously on “The Call,” starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.
RZA is represented by CAA and Peter Nichols at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.