Thomas Jane will star in thelong-in-development sci-fi environmental thriller The Mutant Chronicles for Pressman & Company based on ParadoxEntertainment's board game of the same name.

The UK's Simon Hunter willdirect the project after Ed Pressman financed a $70,000 seven-minute trailedshowcasing the young filmmaker's talents and screened it for Jane, other actorsand sales company Voltage Pictures.

Voltage will handle allforeign sales on the title, as it already does with Pressman & Company'spreviously announced horror titles Sisters and The Hill. Those titles are set to go into production early next year under theNo Remorse genre label.

Set to begin shooting inspring 2006, The Mutant Chroniclestakes place in the aftermath of corporate exploitation as 23rd century humansbattle for the planet's remaining resources with the underworld NecroMutants.

Pressman will produce withStephan Belafonte, Pras Michel and Tim Dennison, while Alessandro Camon andParadox's Peter Sederowski and Fred Malmberg will serve as executive producers.

Hunter, a commercialsdirector who made his feature debut with 2000 horror tale The Lighthouse, co-wrote the screenplay with Ross Jameson based onprevious drafts by Philip Eisner and Stuart Hazeldine, among others.

"Since he approached me lastsummer, Simon Hunter's passion and unique vision have driven the revival of TheMutant Chronicles towards aproduction whose elements of horror, sci-fi and action, combined with an urgenttheme of respect for the environment, will surely inspire a franchise,"Pressman, who has held the rights for 10 years, said.

"Simon and I are thrilledthat Thomas Jane, who will surely appeal to fans of the material, has signed onto play our hero."

Jane is currently shootingJohn Madden's Killshot for TheWeinstein Company.