Wim Wenders will direct the romantic thriller from Paris-based financier Backup Media with Cameron Lamb set to produce through Lila 9th Productions.

James McAvoy

Submergence is based on JM Ledgard’s novel about two lovers thousands of miles apart in life-threatening situations who recall the chance encounter that led to a whirlwind romance the previous Christmas.

As James Moore endures captivity by jihadist fighters in Somalia and Danielle Flinders explores the depths of the ocean floor in her submersible, they hope for a reunion. Erin Dignam adapted the screenplay.

The producers have earmarked a late March 2016 start in Europe and Africa.

UTA Independent Film Group packaged the film and represents US rights. An international sales agent had not been confirmed at time of writing.