Internationally recognized actor Hayden Christensen (STAR WARS: EPISODES 2-3, upcoming AMERICAN HEIST) will star in the action/horror film, UNTÖT, it was announced today by WARRIOR producer Greg O’Connor of Solaris Entertainment.
Successful video game producer/director Kris Renkewitz makes his feature film debut and will direct from his own screenplay.
Tannaz Anisi’s 13 Films is handling international sales on the project and will introduce it to buyers at the European Film Market. Producers currently hold US rights.
Principal photography is slated to begin in March 2015 in New York with further casting underway.
UNTÖT, meaning “undead” in German, is set towards the end of World War II in December 1944. During a blizzard, an elite military unit headed by Lt. Fredrick Hank (Christensen), is dropped behind enemy lines in the mountains of Poland to destroy a secret Nazi weapons facility. The soldiers must face their greatest fears when they encounter something they could never have been trained for. The undead.
“Kris has already proven himself as a master visual artist with his successful career as a video game director. I’m thrilled to support his first foray into the medium of cinema with UNTÖT. He has written a haunting, edge-of-your-seat, action-packed script filled with supernatural elements and I can’t wait to see his creative vision realized on screen,” said O’Connor.
“Renkewitz is a director to watch who has written a unique, high-concept horror film set in the World War II era. With Christensen attached as the lead, this will surely be a big draw for buyers at Berlin,” said Anisi.
Hayden Christensen is known to audiences worldwide for his performance as Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas’ massively popular prequel trilogy, STAR WARS: Episodes 2-3. He will next be seen in AMERICAN HEIST, co-starring Adrien Brody, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released later this year. He is currently filming 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN opposite Kate Bosworth. His other credits include LIFE AS A HOUSE, which garnered him a Golden Globe nomination, JUMPER, FACTORY GIRL and SHATTERED GLASS.
Writer/director Kris Renkewitz is an established artist, director and producer in the comic book and video game world. His credits include working on the popular Marvel Comics’ The West Coast Avengers, Iron Man/War Machine and Daredevil as well as for DC Comics’ The Flash, The Justice League and Superboy. His experience in the video game industry includes directing for Tomb Raider, Ghostbusters and 007: Tomorrow Never Dies. He owns and operates an animation and VFX production studio, Renketwitz Studios, whose past projects include Halo, League of Legends, Prince of Persia, Mad Max and Resident Evil.
Solaris Entertainment’s Greg O’Connor produced the Oscar nominated film WARRIOR, starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte which was released by Lionsgate. His other credits include PRIDE AND GLORY with Edward Norton and Colin Farrell, MIRACLE featuring Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson and THE SLAUGHTER RULE with Ryan Gosling AND AMY ADAMS.
13 Films’ slate at Berlin includes the newly announced CHRONICALLY METROPOLITAN starring Shiloh Fernandez (EVIL DEAD), Chris Noth, Mary-Louise Parker and Ashley Benson (“Pretty Little Liars”), supernatural thriller VOICE FROM THE STONE starring Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones,” upcoming TERMINATOR GENISYS) and Marton Csokas (THE EQUALIZER), which is currently in post-production, crime thriller MANHATTAN NOCTURNE starring Oscar winner Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski and Campbell Scott which is shooting, actioner EXTORTION starring Frank Grillo and Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS) set to begin principal photography in February and LOITERING WITH INTENT starring Sam Rockwell and Marisa Tomei, currently in limited theatrical release.
Christensen is repped by Paradigm and Luber Roklin Entertainment.