Arclight’s Asian arm, Easternlight Films, is partnering with China’s Huace Pictures to package action film Lights Out, directed by Xavier Gens.
Written by Lamont Magee and Jeff W. Byrd, the film is about a young blind girl battling Russian gangsters who invade the family mansion following her father’s suspicious death. Her only hope of survival is to cut the power in the house and use the fighting skills her father taught her.
The film is currently in pre-production with casting underway for the lead roles, including an A-list Chinese actress to star as the blind girl.
France-born Gens has previously directed horror and action titles such as Hitman (2007), Frontiers (2007) and The Divide (2011). He is represented by Scott Henderson of Paradigm and Bard Dorros of Anonymous Content.
Huace Pictures is a subsidiary of Huace Media Group, a film and TV production and distribution group, which recently acquired Korea’s Next Entertainment World (NEW).
“We are delighted at the brilliant cast prospects for Lights Out, especially the female actress for the lead part, a unique role that shows how a blind character is able to use her heightened senses to become a hero,” said Gens.
“We are pleased to be working with Huace Pictures, one of the most respected and successful Chinese media companies, to help create a female superhero film whose cast and unbeatable action sequences will be marketable to audiences all over the world,” said Arclight’s head of Asian sales & acquisitions, Elliot Tong.