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Frequency director Gregory Hoblit has been tapped to direct thriller The Good Samaritan for Atmosphere Entertainment MM, Voltage Pictures and Sentinel Pictures.
The film, based on a script by Matthew Ian Cirulnick, centers on a couple, Gabriel and Diana Carver, who, hoping to mend their troubled marriage, embark on a dream cruise in remote parts of the globe. But when they pluck a floating man from the sea who was left for dead, their good deed is immediately punished.
Mark Canton, Zev Foreman, Nicolas Chartier and Adam Brawer are producing, while David Hopwood will executive produce. Voltage is financing the thriller, which is slated to begin filming in early 2015.
Hoblit has helmed several memorable thrillers over the years, including Primal Fear starring Richard Gere and Ed Norton, Frequency with Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel, and Fracture, starring Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling and Rosamund Pike, among others. He’s also had a prolific TV career, winning nine primetime Emmys while directing episodes of shows such as NYPD Blue and L.A. Law, and he most recently worked on FX’s The Americans. Hoblit, who is repped by ICM and Benderspink, also is developing the graphic novel Pencilneck, written by Victor Carungi.
“The core idea of The Good Samaritan is that it is a romantic thriller. Not an action thriller or any other usual kind of thriller, but a romantic one. That’s not exactly something we see in movies these days, or have seen in quite a while,” says Hoblit.
Cirulnick, who wrote 2002’s Paid in Full, is repped by by CAA and Brillstein, while Atmosphere is represented by Bloom Hergott. Sentinel is repped by Kraditor & Haber LLP.
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