Ethan Peck, Diego Boneta, Nate Parker to Star in Survival Thriller ‘Eden’ (Exclusive)
Parker came up with the idea for the film, which follows a soccer team whose plane crashes on a deserted island.
Ethan Peck, Diego Boneta and Nate Parker are starring in Eden, a survival thriller from Ombra Films, the shingle of Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra.
The movie hails from Parker, who on top of starring also originated the project and will produce with Ombra.
The story, with shades of Lord of the Flies, is set in motion when a soccer team’s plane crashes on a deserted island. Team spirit evaporates as disagreements both petty and profound cause the group to separate into factions, and soon sharks, abandoned Japanese mines and starvation are the least of the survivors’ worries.
Parker came up with the idea and brought it to Hernany Perla, a friend who at the time worked at Liongate and is now an exec at Ombra. The two fleshed ideas out and with the help of Parker’s agents at WME commissioned the writing of a script by Mark Mavrothalasitis.
While Mavrothalasitis was pounding away on his keyboard, Parker went out and directed a teaser short (see below) to help raise financing. Over a year later, with the cast coming together, Parker is now getting ready for a July shoot in Malaysia.
“I feel that the whole dynamic of the actor is changing,” Parker tells THR about the impetus for Eden. “If you don’t evolve, you will evaporate. I don’t want to be in the position where anyone can pull the plug on my career.”
He made the characters soccer players in an effort to make the movie marketable internationally (“Soccer is religion to the rest of the world,” he says) while hoping the story’s themes examine the human condition.
Eugene Simon (Game of Thrones) and Sung Kang (Fast & Furious 6) are also part of the movie, which is being directed by Shyam Madiraju, a commercials director making his feature debut.
Peck will play the unbalanced ruler of the violent faction, while Boneta is playing a cocky and arrogant player who becomes an obsessive and sadistic barbarian once on the island. Parker is playing a selfless player named Slim who commands the more compassionate group.
Collet-Serra, who directed Parker in the upcoming Liam Neeson action thriller Non-Stop, is producing with partner Juan Sola and Perla. Steve Smith is exec producing.
Peck has two indies in the can: Nothing Left to Fear, which also stars Anne Heche, Clancy Brown and James Tupper for producer Slash, as well as The Wine of Summer, in which he stars opposite Marcia Gay Harden. He is repped by ICM and Milo Talent Management.
Boneta did stints on Pretty Little Liars and 90210 before landing the starring role opposite Tom Cruise in the big-screen version of the hit musical Rock of Ages. The actor, repped by Gersh and Hansen Jacobson, recently wrapped the Brad Furman-produced The Dead Men and the indie Another You, on which he served as an associate producer.
Parker starred in the George Lucas-produced Red Tails, appeared with Richard Gere in Arbitrage and is wrapping up shooting Seven Years, Three Days, an indie being exec produced by Ed Zwick that also stars Jason Ritter.
Both Diego Boneta and Jackson Rathbone had big years in 2012, the former breaking out in the jukebox musical Rock of Ages and the latter putting on his vampire makeup for the last time in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, and now the two stars are joining forces for the new thriller The Dead Men.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Kirk Sullivan, a longtime assistant to mega-producer Joel Silver, will be making his directorial debut with the film, which is based on a script by fellow newcomer Andrew Poston. The trade says that the story follows “an American running from his past who is brought into a group of young underground radicals called The Dead Men, only to discover a centuries-old spiritual battle.” Sounds like there is definitely some kind of supernatural element in play – though it’s hard to say what genre it will fall into. Unfortunately there is no mention of what individual roles Boneta or Rathbone will play in the movie, or when they are planning to start production.
Since the end of Twilight, Rathbone has continued his work on the webseries Aim High and has completed work on both the Michael Kristoff-directed drama Live at the Foxes Den and Pece Dingo’s romantic comedy The Concerto. Boneta, who originally hails from Mexico, has returned to work on the small screen, starring on the MTV series Underemployed. Prior to starring in Rock of Ages, which was his theatrical feature debut, he played roles on the reborn 90210 and Pretty Little Liars.
Pennsport Media announced today that their drama with a twist ANOTHER YOU, starring Ksenia Solo (BLACK SWAN) and Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages) began principal photography in Charleston, WV on Thursday, May 2 nd. It is written and directed by Chris Robert and produced by A.J Shah and Josh Foglio, who will also line produce. Other cast include Richard T. Jones (Super 8) Abbey Wathen (Adeline’s Last Message, The D Monster), and Nikita Kaminsky.
ANOTHER YOU focuses on the young and ambitious science major Sydney Jameson who finds love and refuses to let it go at all costs. What starts as an ordinary relationship with her boyfriend Marcus slowly becomes a fixation that takes Sydney into the darkest depths of despair. Driven by obsession, Sydney loses herself in a scientific break through, finding a way to use the theory of De Ja Vu to explore her past mistakes. How far would you go in the search for true love?
The producers have been working closely with the West Virginia Film Office over the past few months to secure locations in Foglio’s home State.
ANOTHER YOU is a Pennsport Media production, staring Ksenia Solo and Diego Boneta. Written and directed by Chris Robert (Associate Producer of The Big Wedding), it will be produced by A.J Shah and Josh Foglio (Amnesia) who will also line-produce. Other cast include Richard T. Jones, Abbey Wathen and Nikita Kaminsky. Other members of the creative team are director of photography Tyler Allison, editor Greg Gaskins, lst A.D. Daniel Sullivan, and casting director Danielle Aufiero.