Emirati director Ali Mostafa, whose buddy/road movie “From A to B” opened last’s year’s Abu Dhabi film fest, is reteaming with Image Nation Abu Dhabi on futuristic thriller “The Worthy,” which will go into production later this year with the U.S. producers behind “The Conjuring” and “Paranormal Activity” on board to shepherd this quite unique Arabic genre pic.
Hollywood veterans Peter Safran (“The Conjuring,” “Annabelle”) and Steven Schneider (“Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious”) have come on board to produce the project with Mostafa’s regional producer Rami Yasin (“Sea Shadow,” “From A to B”).
“The Worthy,” which is penned by U.S. writer Vicram Weet (“Twisted,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) is set in a dystopian future that has been plunged into chaos due to a chronic water shortage. It follows a small group of survivors seeking refuge with the only remaining clean water source in the area.
“It’s set in a not-so-distant future in a period when things have changed,” Mostafa said. The setting, as well as the language, will be Arabic. The characters will come from different parts of the Arab world.
Plan is for shooting to start this year in an as yet undecided Arab location.
“Image Nation Abu Dhabi is able to create projects like this due to our unique ability to team Hollywood expertise with local talent,” said its CEO Michael Garin in a statement.
Image Nation has been ramping up its film and TV production output over the last year. They recently wrapped their next feature film, “Zinzana,” by first-time Emirati director Majid Al Ansari. “Zinzana,” a thriller set in a Jordanian prison cell, is set for release in the UAE this fall.
Earlier this week, Image Nation announced they will be fully financing James Ponsoldt’s upcoming adaptation of Dave Eggers’ contemporary thriller “The Circle,” starring Tom Hanks and Alicia Vikander. The film will be presented by Image Nation in association with Parkes MacDonald Productions. It is is being produced by Hanks and Goetzman for Playtone, Anthony Bregman for Likely Story, and Ponsoldt.