Cannes: James Gray's Sci-Fi Film Gets a Name and Backing From MadRiver

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The sci-fi epic will be called 'Ad Astra,' which is currently casting.

James Gray’s next film has a name and a financier.

The Lost City of Z director's sci-fi epic will be called Ad Astra, which MadRiver Pictures will finance and produce, it was announced Thursday.

The film's logline is being kept under wraps and casting is underway with an early 2017 shoot being eyed. Gray and Ethan Gross are writing the screenplay.

MadRiver’s Kim Fox will handle international sales at the Cannes film market. CAA, which represents Gray, packaged and arranged the financing for the pic and will represent its domestic rights.

Ad Astra will be produced by Gray, Keep Your Head Prods.’ Anthony Katagas, RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira and MadRiver’s Marc Butan. RT Features Lourenco Sant' Anna and Sophie Mas are executive producing.

Gray is currently in postproduction on The Lost City of Z, which stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller. Butan and Katagas produced the film as well. The pair also collaborated with Gray on Two Lovers and We Own the Night.

“James wrote a fantastic script and continues to raise the bar," said Butan.

MadRiver recently expanded its footprint by launching an international sales arm that handles its own titles as well as those from Annapurna Pictures. The company is in production on Peter Landesman’s Felt, starring Liam Neeson and Diane Lane.

RT's credits include Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, Robert Eggers’ The Witch, Gaspar Noe's Love and James Schamus' Indignation.