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Sean Bean is set to pilot Jason Bourque’s action-thriller film Drone.
Myriad Pictures will handle worldwide sales, excluding Canada, for the film that will co-star Patrick Sabongui (300, Godzilla).
Written by Bourque (Black Fly) and Paul Birkett, Drone is a ripped-from-the-headlines story about Neil (Bean), a high-level private drone contractor who spends his workdays flying covert missions then returns to a family life of suburban mediocrity, where not even Neil’s wife or his son know about his secret life. But Neil’s juggling act of husband, father and armchair warrior comes to a crashing halt when a whistleblowing site exposes him to a deadly threat. Believing Neil is responsible for the deaths of his wife and child, an enigmatic Pakistani businessman (Sabongui) has tracked him down. A harrowing confrontation takes place in Neil’s house, which proves to be far more complex than a simple act of revenge.
Myriad Pictures is introducing Drone to buyers this week in Cannes. Deals have already been closed with Signature Entertainment in the U.K., Minerva in Italy, Eagle Films in the Middle East and Dexin Films in the former Yugoslavia.
The film starts shooting this week in India and then moves to Vancouver.
Pacific Northwest Pictures has Canadian rights and will distribute Drone theatrically and in all media there. The film is being produced by Sefton Fincham (Catch .44, A Single Shot) and Ken Frith (Black Fly), and will be produced by Look to the Sky Films and co-produced by Gold Star Productions. The pic will be executive produced by Mike Rowe, Levi Sheck and Media Capital Group’s Ross Mrazek and Ben Rappaport.
Borque, a hot up-and-coming Canadian helmer, has visited the subject of drones before. He co-directed with Nick Bicanic the 2006 drone-themed documentary Shadow Company, which was narrated by Gerard Butler.
“We think that Sean Bean is the perfect actor for this leading role and that Jason Bourque will do a great job directing this compelling material, which ultimately addresses issues of justice and human values around the world,” said Myriad president Kirk D’Amico, who is executive producing with Emily Alden.
Kevin Forester and Audrey Delaney negotiated the deal on behalf of Myriad. Producer Sefton Fincham repped the filmmakers.
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