GreeneStreetFilms and Geyer Kosinski have commenced pre-production on writer-directorMichael Cristofer's psychological thriller Fade Out starring Billy BobThornton and Kate Beckinsale.

Kosinskiis producing with GreeneStreet's John Penotti and Fisher Stevens.Principal photography is scheduled to begin on Jul 5 and GreeneStreet FilmsInternational is representing worldwide rights in Cannes.

FadeOutisabout a fragile screenwriter confused by the boundaries between reality andfiction whose new screenplay increasingly mirrors his daily life.

Theplot thickens when he awakens one day to read a scene in which his charactermurders his wife, only to discover that his actual wife is missing.

Cristofer'sprevious directing credits include Original Sin and Gia and screenwritingcredits include The Witches Of Eastwick and Falling In Love.

GreeneStreetFilms' head of business affairs Vicki Cherkas negotiated the deal withthe CAA agents of Thornton, Beckinsale and Cristofer, Thornton's attorneyRobert Myman of Myman Abell Fineman Greenspan, Cristofer's attorney JohnLaViolette of Bloom Hergott & Diemer, and Kosinski's attorneys JakeBloom and Michael Schenkman of Bloom Hergott & Diemer.