Quaid, Foster in orbit for Overture's 'Pandorum'

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Overture Films is boarding the sci-fi action film "Pandorum," with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster in final negotiations to star.

The movie is being produced by Germany's Constantin Film with its subsidiary Impact Pictures; the pair are behind the "Resident Evil" franchise.

"Pandorum" centers on mysterious events aboard an abandoned space craft, with Quaid and Foster as crewmen who must discover what's happened to them and to the planet they're orbiting. German helmer Christian Alvart ("Case 39") is directing from a script he wrote with Travis Milloy.

The movie is scheduled to shoot in the summer in Berlin; there was no word on whether Overture had acquired a waiver from SAG.

Overture will handle domestic rights to the film, which will mark the company's first sci-fi release. The film's overseas rights will be sold by Summit at the Festival de Cannes.

Quaid is set to star in Universal's football drama "The Express," while Foster, who was recently in "3:10 to Yuma," is next up in Oren Moverman's military romance "The Messenger." (partialdiff)
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