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Theo James to star in Netflix’s How It Ends
6th June 2018
Theo James has signed up to star in Netflix’s new action thriller, How It Ends.
The streaming giant snapped up the rights to the film earlier this year, seven years after its script (by Brooks McLaren) appeared on the Black List. The disaster movie is produced by Paul Sciff Productions, with Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg executive producing for Sierra/Affinity, which is financing the project and handled the deal with Netflix.
Now, with David M. Rosenthal (The Perfect Guy) at the helm, Deadline reports that the VOD service has found a leading man: Divergent star Theo James.
James, who most recently appearing in Sex with Strangers in London’s West End, is currently filming Drake Doremus’ new sci-fi, Zoe, alongside Ewan McGregor and Léa Seydoux. He will play a young father trying to get home to his pregnant wife on the other side of the USA, after a mysterious apocalyptic event turns the country’s roads into mayhem.
How It Ends: Netflix bags disaster movie based on Black List script
5th January 2017
Netflix has snapped up the rights to How It Ends, a thriller based on a script from Brooks McLaren. The disaster movie follows a mysterious apocalyptic event that turns roads into chaos, leaving one young dad struggling to get home to his pregnant wife on the other side of the country.
The film is produced by Paul Schiff Productions, with Paul Schiff and Tai Duncan from the company producing alongside Kelly McCormick. Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg are executive producers for Sierra/Affinity, which is financing the project and handled the deal with Netflix.
How It Ends was written by Brooks McLaren back in 2010, when his script ended up on The Black List. The Black List, which is announced every year at list.blcklst.com, is a chart of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, as chosen by a list of over 200 film executives. After they name up to 10 favourite scripts that haven’t been produced, the site tots up the total number of mentions and ranks them accordingly.
It’s styled as a “most liked” rather than a “best of” list, but it has nonetheless proven a goldmine for many producers. Previous scripts on the Black List have ranged from Slumdog Millionaire, Argo and The King’s Speech to Juno, The Social Network and The Descendants.
Netflix delving into the Black List barrel follows a similar move from Amazon, which recently acquired 2013’s top script, Holland Michigan. Also on that list was Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls. McLaren, meanwhile, has since gone on to do rewrite Line of Sight for Warner Bros. and was reportedly hired last year for the upcoming reboot of Rambo.
David M. Rosenthal (The Perfect Guy) is on board to direct the film, according to Deadline, with production set to begin in the second quarter of this year.
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