Michael Keaton and Michelle Monaghan will star in Penthouse North, a psychological thriller being directed by Joseph Ruben.
Lionsgate is handling foreign sales for the thriller and is shopping it in Toronto. The pic will begin production in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, in November.
Jeff Sackman, Michael Baker and Jon Shiffman are producing, as is Ruben, who has made a career helming thrillers ranging from The Forgotten to Sleeping with the Enemy to Dreamscape.
David Loughery, who wrote the thrillers Obsessed and Lakeview Terrace, penned Penthouse and is also producing.
The plot centers on a photojournalist (Monaghan) haunted by a tragic event who has escaped from the world in an upscale New York penthouse. The world comes after her with a vengeance in the form of a smooth but sadistic criminal (Keaton) looking for a hidden fortune, with the woman mustering her inner strength to survive.
Monaghan will be in Toronto for the premiere of Machine Gun Preacher, the Marc Forster movie in which she stars opposite Gerard Butler. She was last seen in Summit’s Source Code.
Keaton was recently heard in Toy Story 3 as the voice of Ken and appeared in
the Will Ferrell comedy The Other Guys.
ICM, which represents Keaton, Monaghan and Loughery, packaged the film and
is handling U.S. rights. Ruben is repped by Paradigm and Anonymous Content.