Martina Stella’s debut screenplay is set to enter principal photography in early 2015.
AMBI Group, owned and run by Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi, has optioned the rights to psychological thriller O.O.B.I.
Actress Martina Stella’s debut screenplay revolves around a powerful drug that allows those who take it the ability to travel through time, transforming a scientific researcher’s life into a nightmare.
Iervolino and Lady Bacardi are targeting a first quarter 2015 start date for principal photography and will shoot in Canada and Italy.
“Monika and I are excited to be working with young Italian talent Martina Stella on her first screenplay, which we were instantly drawn to. Martina has crafted a unique and electrifying thriller that we cannot wait to bring life to on the big screen for moviegoers,” commented Iervolino.
Lady Bacardi added: “We are continuously searching for projects that are commercially appealing on a global level and viable from a business perspective, and Martina’s script falls into this category perfectly.”
Stella, who has starred in likes of Ocean’s Twelve and Nine, won the award for Best Screenplay at the third edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival in Toronto.
AMBI’s international sales arm, AMBI Distribution, will handle international sales.