Nicolas Chartier

Source: Courtesy of TIFF

Nicolas Chartier

Voltage Pictures is fully financing the killer whale vs sharks thriller Alphas and has brought in Steven Quale (Aliens Of The Deep) to direct, and will produce alongside French genre ace Pierre Morel and Sentient Entertainment.

Voltage represents worldwide rights to the underwater thriller that is being lined up as an effects-heavy tentpole that takes place in a coastal community terrorised by a school of sharks.

The townspeople decide the only way to deal with the man-eating threat is to unleash a damaged killer whale held for years in solitary confinement after it killed its trainer.

Quale, James Cameron’s protégée and second unit director on Avatar and Titanic and whose directing credits include Final Destination 5 and Into The Storm, will direct Alphas from a screenplay by Frank Hannah (The Cooler).

Voltage CEO Nicolas Chartier (pictured, The Hurt Locker) is producing for Voltage Pictures with Morel, who directed Taken and current US release Peppermint starring Jennifer Garner, and Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin.

Voltage Pictures COO and president Jonathan Deckter will serve as executive producer.

Alphas typifies the kind of highly commercial, yet sophisticated films that attract buyers to the Voltage slate,” said Chartier. “Steven Quale has a formidable track record of bringing beautifully made blockbusters to screen and we’re thrilled to be working with him and our producing partners Pierre and the Sentient team to bring Alphas to life.”

Voltage is fielding sustained interest on its Jessica Chastain action thriller Eve, which Tate Taylor is directing. The sales slate includes TIFF FIPRESCI winner Skin starring Jamie Bell, and Mena Suvari in horror Apparition.