August 01, 2011 4:38pm PT by Borys Kit
Dark Castle Picks Up Thriller 'Non-Stop' for Jeff Wadlow to Direct (Exclusive)
The sky’s the limit for Dark Castle, which has picked up Non-Stop, an airplane thriller spec from writers John Richardson and Chris Roach. Jeff Wadlow is set to direct.
Joel Silver, Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing.
Plot details are being kept under wraps but the project is described by those in the know as a contained, gritty action thriller centering on an air marshall flying on a domestic flight. (We wanted call it a grounded airplane thriller but that wouldn’t fly. Thank you, we're here all week.)
Wadlow discovered the first-time writers, who are unrepped, and worked with them to develop the script.
Dark Castle, which made its early name on supernatural and horror thrillers, is moving to develop more stright thrillers in the realistic action sphere after the success of Unknown, its thriller starring Liam Neeson, which grossed $130 million worldwide on a reported budget of $30 million.
The deal puts WME-repped Wadlow, best known for helming Never Back Down, back in business with Silver, this time on a feature level. Silver was a producer on Hail Mary, a CBS pilot Wadlow created and wrote, and the two also worked on the CBS pilot The Odds.