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The feature, which XYZ Films is selling worldwide to buyers in Berlin, is set to begin shooting in July. Armory Films’ Tim Zajaros and Christopher Lemole are producing with Cassian Elwes and Jere Hausfater as executive producers.
The plot of Mom and Dad has two kids—a teenage girl and her little brother—who have to survive 24 hours of horror when, for some unknown reason, parents begin to turn violently against their own children. Cage will play the children’s father.
“This is the kind of role Nick was put here to play. Human, funny, scary – somehow grounded while at the same time completely off the rails,” said Taylor in a statement. “For a filmmaker there is nothing quite like the experience of Nick Cage bringing a character you’ve written to life.”
Mom and Dad will be the second project from Zeal Media, the new financing/production outfit Elwes and Armory launched ahead of Berlin. The first is Billionaire Boys Club, a biopic based on 1980s white-collar criminal-turned-murderer Joe Hunt, which James Cox directed starring Kevin Spacey, Ansel Elgort and Taron Edgerton. Good Universe is handling sales on Billionaire Boys Club at Berlin.
Cage is repped by CAA, Mike Nilon at Link, and Jake Bloom and Patrick Knapp at Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal La Violette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.
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