Gough to direct fast-tracked 'Drought'

Works, Mann Made eye Jonescompany to produce

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Plans for another ecological action horror set in a terrifying post-apocalyptic world are being fast-tracked in the wake of the John Hillcoat-directed adaptation of Cormac McCarthy novel "The Road" and "2012," from Roland Emmerich.

But this time it looks to be a very British affair with the main protagonists in "The Drought" faced with a world running out of water.

Lawrence Gough, who won the Trailblazer Award for emerging talent at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival for his debut feature "Salvage," will direct from a script by his long-term writing partner Colin O'Donnell.

U.K. sales and finance house the Works International has teamed up with London-based Mann Made Films on "The Drought" and are in advanced discussions to bring the U.K.'s Jonescompany's Robert Jones ("The Usual Suspects" ) on board to produce.

Scott Mann ("The Tournament") will exec produce alongside James Edward Barker and Alan Graves for Mann Made Films.

The film will be produced in association with Hoax Films.

The script details the story of a desperate couple who have avoided the mass exoduses and eked out an existence in their suburban home. They head for London in a last-ditch attempt to find the water they badly need to save themselves and their ailing daughter. What they encounter along the way forces them into a bloody battle for survival.

Set to shoot in the summer of 2010, the pic is being financed principally by the Works International, which is repping worldwide sales debuting here at the AFM. The budget is subject to cast.