Daniel Radcliffe is set to add action comedy to his growing resume.
The Harry Potter star is to take the lead in Occupant Entertainment’s Guns Akimbo, written and directed by Jason Lei Howden. Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino are producing for Occupant Entertainment. Michael Mailis from Hyperion Entertainment and Will Clarke and Andy Mayson from Altitude Films are executive producing.
Altitude and Occupant will be introducing the project to international buyers at Cannes.
New Zealand filmmaker Howden — who has worked as a visual artist for numerous projects for Weta Digital, including The Avengers, The Hobbit trilogy and Prometheus — saw his debut feature Deathgasm premier at SXSW in 2015, going on to receive numerous awards from festivals around the world.
Currently in pre-production, Gun Akimbo is being billed as an “adrenaline fuelled balls-to-the-wall original action comedy reminiscent in tone to films such as Kick-Ass or Deadpool.”
The story follows a man whose mundane existence is turned upside-down when he finds himself enrolled on a dark net website that forces complete strangers to fight in a city-wide game of death, so that their gladiatorial battles can be live-streamed worldwide to a fanatical audience. After being pitted against a seemingly unstoppable killing machine, he at first manages to avoid conflict, but when his ex-girlfriend is kidnapped, he must overcome his fears and stop running.
Occupant Entertainment’s Neurauter and Marino’s producing credits include Corin Hardy’s The Hallow, Better Living Through Chemistry starring Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde, and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. Altitude’s recent credits include The Girl With All the Gifts, 47 Meters Down and Ghost Stories.
“Jason Lei Howden is an incredibly talented new filmmaker, who with Guns Akimbo delivers a commercial action film that is original, fresh and gives us unique and exciting characters,” said Neurauter.
“We fell in love with Guns Akimbo the moment we read it,” added Andy Mayson, co-CEO of Altitude. “Jason is one of the most exciting, original and commercially minded new directors working today, and with the pitch-perfect casting of Daniel Radcliffe as our hero, Guns Akimbo is going to deliver a fresh, next-level action experience destined to thrill audiences worldwide.”