David S. Goyer has just picked up buzzy scribe Max Landis’ latest script, the psychological drama DEEPER. Goyer will produce under his Phantom Four banner, along with Addictive Pictures. Sources report that Phantom and Addictive beat out others clamoring for the project, as Landis has quickly established himself as a hot, up-and-coming talent.
Landis is also producing Deeper, which is said to follow a disgraced astronaut who enlists on a mission to reach the bottom of a recently discovered oceanic trench, thought to be the lowest point on the planet. Whilst down there, he becomes subject to an increasing amount of danger and is reluctantly pulled into a psychological and physical battle with unexpected forces.
Kevin Turen will also produce for Phantom, while John Schoenfelder and Russell Ackerman produce for Addictive. Phantom is next producing Focus Features’ horror pic The Forest and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman at New Line, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring and helming. Goyer is next directing Lionsgate’s action/thriller The Breach and executive produced/scripted Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Landis burst onto the scene after scripting the critically lauded found footage superhero pic Chronicle, which launched both his career and that of director Josh Trank. Since then, he penned the Jesse Eisenberg/Kristen Stewart-led action/comedy American Ultra and Fox’s action/thriller Victor Frankenstein, which stars Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy. Victor Frankenstein hits theaters on November 25th.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor