New UK independent producer Bastion Pictures has optioned the rights to Where The Treetops Glisten, which will mark the debut feature of Kevin Godley, who previously worked on music videos and documentaries.
Godley co-wrote the script with Adrian Deevoy.
The film is about executives at a TV company specialising in violent reality TV who become the subjects of a reality show themselves in their bid to turn the company around in a new direction.
Andrew Thompson left Midsummer Films and set up Bastion in April 2007 with creative director Russell Owen.
The film, with a below-the-line budget of $5m-$6m, is set up as a UK/South African co-production. Principal photography is slated for October or November.
Bastion's slate also includes $8m-$10m horror project A Seven Mile Drive, also a UK/South Africa co-production, in which a TV psychic who must communicate with the dead to local a friend.
The company is also developing action thriller Kill Your Idols, about a former child star who has to face the truth after his kidnapping.
Finally, Bastion is in discussions to acquire the film rights to the pole-to-pole expedition 180 Degress by Rob Gauntlett and James Hooper.