Filmmaker brothers Peter Winther and Lars Winther will produce the sci-fi thriller “Confluence,” the first film under their new production company Floodgate Entertainment, Variety has learned exclusively.
Kirstin Winkler (“Stonewall”) and Aaron Boyd (“2012” ) brought the project to Floodgate and will also produce, with Roland Emmerich on board to executive produce.
John Irwin wrote the script and makes his debut as a feature director with “Confluence,” which will shoot in November or December. Floodgate was founded with financier Jason Speer.
“Our aim with Floodgate is to provide a safe and creative home for filmmakers,” Lars Winther said. “We created Floodgate to produce high quality films for modest budgets with the top-notch talent we have worked with over the years, both in front of and behind the camera. We are a production company by filmmakers for filmmakers.”
“Confluence” takes place in a future where the line between human and machine is blurred; a 12-year-old and her father must flee their home after an attack by her caregiver hints of a greater violent upheaval beyond their rural surroundings.
Floodgate is also developing “The God Four“ based on the Ron Irwin book “Flatwater Tuesday.” The script was adapted and will be directed by Todd Komarnicki, who most recently wrote the script “Sully” for Warner Brothers starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood. ShadowCatcher Entertainment’s David Skinner and Tom Gorai will produce “The God Four” with Floodgate.
The Winther brothers began their careers working on Roland Emmerich’s “Stargate” and “Independence Day.” Peter Winther’s credits include “The Patriot,” “8 Legged Freaks,” “The Librarian” TV franchise and the upcoming indie feature “Painkillers.” Lars Winther has worked as a first assistant director on “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3” and “Captain America: Civil War.”
Pictured above: Peter Winther