Keith Arem is heading to the front lines.
The talent director of the record-breaking Activision Blizzard video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” which has now grossed $3 billion, will make his feature directing debut with the action-thriller “Frost Road.” Arem also wrote the script and is developing a companion graphic novel with co-creator Brandon Humphreys and artist Christopher Shy.
“Frost Road” concerns the survivors and victims of an invisible contagion in a small coastal Eastern town.
Cary Brokaw’s Avenue Pictures (“Angels in America”) is producing with Steven L’Heureux’s Solipsist Films, in association with Arem’s PCB Productions.
“I’m extremely excited about this story,” said Arem, “and thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the skills I’ve honed in the game industry to the big screen. There’s an incredible talent pool currently working in the game industry, and I hope that the success of ‘Frost Road’ will give other creators the chance to show what they can do on a wider canvas.”
Arem, repped by ICM and the Phoenix Organization, directed, cast and engineered all of the actors for “Warfare,” including 50 Cent, Barry Pepper, Kevin McKidd, Keith David, Billy Murray and Lance Henriksen. His PCB Prods. has created digital content for over 500 commercial titles, including “Call of Duty,” “Spiderman” and “Prince of Persia.”
Avenue Pictures has produced “The Merchant of Venice,” “Short Cuts” and “Restoration.” The company is in post-production on “The Resident” for Hammer Films.