The newly minted Paramount division acquired “Eli” on Oct. 16 as its first film to go in to production, and set a Jan. 4, 2019 release date. “Sinister 2” director Ciaran Foy is attached to helm. Trevor Macy will produce via his Intrepid Pictures banner.
Foy will direct the David Chirchirillo screenplay, which was on the 2015 Black List and was revised by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing. John Zaozirny will also produce through Bellevue Productions. Matt Alvarez will executive produce, and Melinda Nishioka will co-produce for Intrepid.
The story centers on a young boy named Eli who is undergoing treatment for a rare disease at a secluded clinic, which becomes a haunted prison with no way out.
Shotwell portrayed the Nai character opposite Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic” and was a younger version of Josh Caras’ character in “The Glass Castle.” He will be seen next in Ridley Scott’s thriller “All the Money in the World,” portraying the younger version of kidnapping victim J. Paul Getty III, who’s portrayed by Charlie Plummer.
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Shotwell is repped by Coast to Coast, Industry Entertainment, and Bloom Hergott.