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Dean Devlin, who wrote the screenplay, will make his feature directorial debut with the film. He previously co-wrote Independence Day and 1998’s Godzilla.
The story follows a satellite designer (Butler) who, when the world’s climate-controlling satellites malfunction, has to work with his estranged brother to save the world from a man-made storm of epic proportions.
Geostorm was being developed independently by David Ellison’s Skydance Productions before Warner Bros. picked it up. Skydance remains involved and is producing with Devlin’s Electric Entertainment.
Ellison is producing with Skydance’s Dana Goldberg and Electric partners Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan. Drew Crevello and Nik Mavinkurve are overseeing for the studio.
Derbez is a TV and film star in Mexico, and made a name for himself in the U.S. after he directed and starred in Instructions Not Included, which became the top-grossing Spanish-language film of all time at the North American box office. The 2013 film earned a stunning $44.5 million domestically and $99.1 million worldwide.
He’s also appeared on episodes of FX’s comedy Anger Management, and he’s voicing a character in Fox’s animated film The Book of Life, which hits theaters in the U.S. on Oct. 17.
Derbez is repped by CAA, Cross Over Entertainment and Behr Abramson Levy.
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