Caviezel and Karvan book 'Weekend' trip


Jim Caviezel and Claudia Karvan will star in the suspense thriller "Long Weekend" for Arclight Films.

Jamie Blanks will direct from a script by Everett de Roche. Based on the 1978 Australian film, the story revolves around a young couple on a camping trip who callously disregard the local environment, firing guns and wounding wildlife, until the wildlife starts to hit back. The 1978 version starred John Hargreaves and Briony Behets and was directed by Colin Eggleston.

"The original film was a great example of a classic chiller and was acclaimed by audiences and critics alike," Arclight head Gary Hamilton said. "We think the time is right to make this new film and that it will have a huge appeal to audiences worldwide."

Hamilton and Nigel Odell are producing. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Australia in mid-November.

Darclight, the genre division of Arclight Films, will handle worldwide distribution and sales of the film, commencing at AFM, which runs Oct. 31-Nov. 7 in Santa Monica.

Caviezel is perhaps best known for his role as Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ"; he more recently appeared in "Deja Vu" and is repped by ICM.

Karvan will appear in the upcoming "Daybreakers" and is repped by UTA and RGM Associates.

Blanks, whose credits include "Storm Warning" and "Urban Legend," is repped by Rumble Media.