Stella Nwimo, the London-based producer attending the Producers Lab Toronto organised by EFP (with participation from the British Council), is here presenting new thriller 18 Drops, written by Steve Lewis and Tony Owen.
The film is about a man presumed dead during the Congolese conflict. When he resurfaces, he finds his wife has remarried and moved to North America. There, he discovers his wife’s new husband is being squeezed by a local gangster. “He escapes one war and finds himself in another one,” says Nwimo.
The script will go out to cast in early 2012 and directors are in advanced talks. It will shoot in South Africa and in North America.
Also in development at Nwimo’s Northpoint Pictures is femme fatale thriller Necropolis, which has Jens Jonsson (Sundance-winning King of Ping Pong) in talks to direct. The script, developed with backing from the BFI, is written by Lydia Adetunji and is about a crime scene cleaner who befriends a mysterious widow. That will shoot in the UK in 2012, with cast discussions starting at the end of the year.
It’s a busy month as she also starts shooting another thriller, Rearview, on Sept 26. Avril E Russell will direct that story, a road movie in the vein of Wrong Turn or Wolf Creek, starring Antonia Thomas, Jamie Sives, James Floyd and Jay Simpson.