2929, Stockwell have 'Villain'-ous plans


2929 Prods. president Marc Butan is in final negotiations for John Stockwell to direct Joshua Zetumer's thriller screenplay "Villain."

2929 will produce the film, scheduled for an early 2007 start, with Lynette Howell and Doug Dey of Silverwood Films ("Half Nelson"). The project reunites 2929 with Stockwell ("Crazy/Beautiful"), who last year directed their horror thriller "Turistas," starring Josh Duhamel. Fox Atomic will release the film Dec. 1.

After seeing "Turistas," 2929 wanted to keep Stockwell in the family, said Butan, who hopes that the director will deliver "a commercial, upscale, edge-of-your-seat thriller."

In "Villain," a forest-fire spotter with a secret is visited by his crazy brother in the remote, frozen wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.

Stockwell, a former actor, is known for his ability to handle such action-packed pictures as "Blue Crush," starring Kate Bosworth, and "Into the Blue," starring Jessica Alba and Paul Walker, as well as intimate dramas like "Crazy/Beautiful," starring Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez.

Howell and Dey will produce "Villain" with Butan and Kent Kubena, who is overseeing the project's development for 2929, whose co-owners, Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban, will executive produce. 2929 International is shopping the film to foreign buyers at this week's American Film Market.

Based in Los Angeles, 2929 Prods.' Cuban and Wagner executive produced George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck," which garnered six Oscar nominations, including best picture, and co-produced with Lionsgate "Akeelah and the Bee," starring Laurence Fishburne. Besides "Turistas," upcoming 2929 films include the Weinstein Co.'s "Fast Track," starring Zach Braff; Dimension Films' "Black Christmas," starring Michelle Trachtenberg; and "We Own the Night," starring Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg, which Universal Pictures will distribute.

Founded in 2004 by Howell and Dey, Silverwood Prods.' first two feature films, "Half Nelson" and "Stephanie Daley," premiered at January's Sundance Film Festival.

Stockwell is repped in the deal by ICM. Zetumer is repped by Management 360 and UTA.