12:31pm PT by Borys Kit
Lionsgate to Remake Cult Sci-Fi Hit 'Cube' (Exclusive)
Cube, the 1997 cult sci-fi hit, is getting rebuilt by Lionsgate.
Saman Kesh, the up-and-coming director who caught the town’s attention with his short Controller, is attached to direct Cubed, a re-imagining of the movie.
Roy Lee is producing along with Jon Spaihts, best known as the co-writer of Prometheus and the in-development Chris Pratt-Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi drama Passengers.
Using the original setup of seven strangers trapped in a giant cube-like structure, Cubed is described as a sci-fi survival thriller about artificial intelligence, humanity and the birth of a new "digital" race.
Philip Gawthorne is writing the script based off of Kesh’s original take.
Adam Stone is overseeing the project for Vertigo.
Vincenzo Natali directed the original movie, which came out of the Canadian Film Centre’s First Feature Project.
The deal continues to raise the mercury for Iranian-born, California-raised Kesh, who wrote and directed Controller, a sci-fi action short film that caught the attention of Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps production shingle. 21 Laps last week set up a feature adaptation of Controller at Fox after impressing execs at the Century City-based studio.
Controller continues to pay dividends for Kesh, as it was the short that caught the attention of Lionsgate execs. (Watch it below.)
He is repped by UTA, Angelina Chen at Energy and attorney Patti Felker.
Gawthorne is repped by CAA, Bloom Hergott and the U.K. firm 42.