Morel will direct from a script by “Bone Tomahawk” writer S. Craig Zahler in which big-city detectives are battling serial killers.
Zahler set up the project at Sony in 2011 with Michael De Luca on board to produce. The project went into turnaround with Lotus Entertainment now on board to finance and handle worldwide sales.
Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel and Ara Keshishian are producing along with Adam Fields and Josh Bratman.
Morel’s directing credits include 2008’s “Taken,” starring Liam Neeson, Sean Penn’s thriller “The Gunman” and French-language thriller “District 13.” He shot the heist film “Overdrive,” starring Scott Eastwood and Ana de Armas, in France earlier this year.
Lotus is a financing-production-distribution company with credits on Tom Hanks’ “A Hologram for a King,” Halle Berry’s “Kidnap,” Keanu Reeves’ “Replicas” and Chloe Grace Moretz’ “November Criminals.”
Morel is repped by CAA, Sentient and Hansen Jacobson.
The news about Morel was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.