'And Soon the Darkness' Director Sails to 'Port Arthur' (Exclusive)

The drama zooms in on a bond that develops between a road-weary trucker and a young woman in rural Texas.

Marcos Efron, the emerging filmmaker behind StudioCanal’s And Soon the Darkness remake starring Amber Heard and Karl Urban, has been brought on board to write and helm the drama Port Arthur.

The AFM title, about a bond that develops between a road-weary trucker and a young woman in rural Texas, comes from Daniel Wagner’s BiFrost Pictures, which is fully financing the project.

Casting is underway, with the film set to enter production in the second half of 2016.

Port Arthur adds to a growing slate from BiFrost, which has already seen its high-profile Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor, close the New York Film Festival and get snapped up by Sony Pictures Classics.

And Shelter, Paul Bettany’s directorial debut starring Jennifer Connelly, was acquired by Screen Media and is due for release this month.

Wagner also is exec producing the Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek comedy Drunk Parents through his Fortitude banner, which is also selling new AFM title The Bachelor, starring J.K. Simmons,

Marcos Efron is represented by Verve and manager Jonathan Hung.

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