Toronto: Kazakhstan Director Akan Satayev to Helm Canadian Indie 'Hacker'

Akan Satayev Headshot - P 2013
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Akan Satayev Headshot - P 2013

Brillstein Entertainment Partners is to executive produce the $5 million pic from Know Rules Media.

TORONTO – Kazakhstani director? Akan Satayev has signed on to direct the $5 million theatrical feature Hacker, which will be executive produced by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Satayev, who directed the Kazakhstan best foreign language film entries Strayed ?and Myn Bala, will lens the Canadian indie drama based on real events about a young immigrant who gets involved with a cyber criminal organization called DarkWeb.

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Hacker is produced by Sanzhar Sultanov's indie production shingle Know Rules Media, which is backed by Canadian venture capitalist Loudon Owen. Financing for the project will come from Timur Meirambekov, Zhanbolat Serikov and Kenges Rakishev, on behalf of Mobli.

Hacker is now in preproduction, with shooting set to start late fall 2013 in various locations including New York, Toronto, Dubai and Bangkok.

No word on casting.