Timothy Hutton has signed on for the lead in Spanishproduction The Kovak Box, the latest English-language thriller fromFilmax.

Hutton plays a best-selling science fictionauthor invited to an apparently idyllic island for a conference only to findhimself wrapped up in a nightmarish plot where people are mysteriously drivento commit suicide.

Daniel Monzon (The Warrior's Heart, The Biggest RobberyNever Told) directs from a script he co-wrote with JorgeGuerricaechevarria, Alex de la Iglesia's regular collaborator.

Broadcaster Telecinco's Estudios Picasso is co-producing thefilm, which shoots from Monday, April 11 for eight weeks on the island ofMajorca and another three in Madrid.

Supporting cast include David Kelly (Waking Ned),Lucia Jimenez (The Good Life) and Gary Piquer (Romasanta).

Filmax has seen strong international success on other recentgenre titles such as Brad Anderson's The Machinist and Jaume Balaguero'sDarkness. Balaguero's newest horror film, Calista Flockhart-starrer Fragile,is pending release.

The company also has two films in competition at next week'sSpanish Film Festival of Malaga: Laura Mana's dark comedy To Die In SanHilario (Morir En San Hilario) and Jose Corbacho's ensemble dramedy Tapas.