Intrepid, Kincine find their 'Prodigy' for helmer Russell


Max Thieriot has landed the title role in "Prodigy," director Chuck Russell's sci-fi action film from Intrepid Pictures and Kincine.

Thieriot will play William Cooley, a rebellious student at an elite boarding school producing world leaders with the help of pharmaceuticals. Three days before graduation, several of its alumni are murdered, and William is implicated. As the school valedictorian investigates William, the two eventually become reluctant allies and targets while uncovering a conspiracy behind the crimes.

Dave Kalstein adapted the screenplay from his 2006 novel. Intrepid principals Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans will produce with Spain-based Kincine's Jesus Martinez as well as Kevin Mann and Matt Perniciaro.

Intrepid has a nonexclusive first-look deal with Universal and Rogue, most recently producing Rogue's biggest hit, "The Strangers." But "Prodigy" will be produced independently with a waiver from SAG and shopped to distributors. The Spanish production will be filmed in Valencia and at the Ciudad de la Luz studios in Alicante, Spain, with principal photography set to begin Oct. 6. (partialdiff)