Ed Gass-Donnelly to Direct Sci-Fi Thriller 'Pivot'

Ed Gass-Donnelly Headshot - H 2014
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Ed Gass-Donnelly Headshot - H 2014

The Canadian filmmaker's credits include 'The Last Exorcism: Part II'

Canadian filmmaker Ed Gass-Donnelly (The Last Exorcism: Part II) has been tapped to write and direct indie sci-fi thriller Pivot for Lotus Entertainment.

The story follows a scientist who invents a device to travel, or pivot, between parallel universes. When his wife is killed, he'll have to kill the parallel version of himself in order to be reunited with her.

Lotus' Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will produce the film, with D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian of Lotus executive producing alongside Gass-Donnelly.

“A high-quality concept like Pivot is exactly the type of project we were looking for,” said Johnson and Seibel. “Ed has the perfect approach.”

Gass-Donnelly, who came from the theater world, has become a familiar face at the Toronto Film Festival. His feature directorial debut, This Beautiful City, premiered there in 2007 (it was later nominated for four Canadian Academy Awards), followed in 2010 by Small Town Murder Songs.

ICM and Untitled represent Gass-Donnelly and brokered the deal.

Lotus' current slate includes Tom Tykwer's A Hologram for a King, starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry thriller Kidnap, and Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin.