Good Universe and Sea Smoke Entertainment are teaming up for a new thriller, INTRUSION. Written by Chris Sparling, the story centers on a couple trying to move on with their lives after experiencing a home invasion in which the husband shoots and kills all three intruders. The wife discovers that her husband was connected to the dead men and may have been involved in the disappearance of the daughter one of the men.
Good Universe, best known for its raucous comedies like Neighbors, Daddy’s Home, The Night Before, and this summer’s Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, has recently begun to build a portfolio of darker fare. The company produced Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake and repped horror pic The Forest, Chris Evans-starrer Snowpiercer and Chile mining collapse drama The 33.
The Tracking Board first exclusively learned of the project’s development in February, but negotiations between the parties involved took some time. Now it appears that Good Universe is moving ahead with the History of Violence-esque thriller at full speed, eyeing potential directors for the project before fleshing out the cast.
Sparling is the writer behind Buried, the 2010 indie starring Ryan Reynolds as a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq who is attacked by a group of locals and wakes to find himself buried alive with only a lighter and a cell phone. The film received critical praise for director Rodrigo Cortes, star Reynolds, and scribe Sparling, earning the writer a National Board of Review Award for Best Original Screenplay. He also penned the scripts for horror thrillers ATM and The Atticus Institute as well as Gus Van Sant-directed drama The Sea Of Trees, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts.
Alexandra Milchan, Russell Hollander, and Sea Smoke’s Josh Weinstock are on board as producers, as is Sparling. Milchan previously produced Street Kings, Righteous Kill, and exec produced The Wolf of Wall Street. Hollander’s credits include Matt Dillon-Laurence Fishburne thriller Armored and horror pic 11-11-11. Weinstock exec produced HBO’s 2014 Emmy-nominated Nightingale starring David Oyelowo. Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will exec produce.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor