Juan Carlos Fresnadillo will direct Clive Owen and Daniel Bruhl in the English-language genre feature Intruders that Spain’s Antena 3 and Universal Pictures International (UPI) will finance.
Fresnadillo’s longtime producing partner Enrique Lopez Lavigne will produce through his Madrid-based Apaches Entertainment alongside associate Belen Atienza. UPI will handle international distribution and UTA is representing North America.
Jaime Marques and Nico Casariego wrote the screenplay, which broadly involves an 11-year-old girl forced to confront childhood demons. Additional casting is underway and production is scheduled to begin in June in London and Madrid.
“Film fans worldwide have been waiting with anticipation for Juan Carlos’ next English-language film after the success of his stunning 28 Weeks Later,” Lavigne said. “Bringing Juan Carlos’ audacious and visionary storytelling to the screen with the extraordinary talents of Clive Owen and Daniel Bruhl is truly an unbeatable combination.”
“Intruders is a perfect example of the type of international production we’re looking for,” UPI’s president of international production and acquisitions Christian Grass said. “Juan Carlos is a unique creative film-maker whose previous movies Intacto and 28 Weeks Later were embraced by audiences around the world, which makes Intrudersa natural fit for us.
“We’re looking forward to working with Juan Carlos and up-and-coming Spanish production outfit Apaches Entertainment for the first time on this production and to continuing our relationship with Antena 3.”
UPI’s JJ Lousberg overseeing the project for the studio. Fresnadillo, Marquez and Apaches Entertainment are represented by UTA. Owen is represented by CAA. Bruhl is represented by WME.