The film will carry the official title “Ridley Scott Presents: The Twisted” and will be produced by Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott and Colet Abedi. The project was developed by Giannina Scott and Abedi for Scott’s company Cara Films.
Amy Beecroft and her Verve Ventures team will oversee the worldwide sales and introduce the project for the first time at the Toronto Film Festival. Verve Ventures is the new packaging, finance and sales division of Verve, which represents Osunsanmi.
“The Twisted,” written by Ari Schlossberg (“Hide and Seek”), is set in the mountains of Sierra Nevada, where strange things are happening to the children at an isolated orphanage. A child psychologist with a haunted past must team up with a parapsychologist and his cameraman to interview the children, who take a terrifying and twisted turn for the worse.
Scott’s latest film “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristin Wiig, Jeff Daniels and Michael Pena, will have its world premiere at Toronto on Friday.
Osunsanmi, a Nigerian native, directed 2009’s “Fourth Kind” from his own script and the upcoming features “Dark Moon” for Universal and “Eden” for Gold Circle Films. He’s directed episodes of “Falling Skies,” “Under the Dome” and “Minority Report.”
“We are very excited to be launching this new label with such an exciting and provocative project,” said Ridley and Giannina Scott. “The goal is to produce genre films from filmmakers who have a unique voice and a captivating vision. We hope it’s the start of many more to come.”
The deal for “Twisted” was brokered by Scott Free’s Justin Alvarado-Brown and Amy Beecroft.