Vincenzo Natali, the Canadian film-maker behind Cube and Pandora's upcoming Company Man, has signed to direct the movie Nothing for Senator International.
Senator is executive producing, providing principal financing for and will handle worldwide distribution on the film; The Klockworx Co holds all rights in Japan. It is the first Natali film to be handled by Klockworx; Gaga has rights to Company Man, and also handled Cube.
Based on a screenplay by Andrew Miller and Andrew Lowery (aka The Drews), Nothing is a surreal comedy about two young men (played by Cube actors David Hewlett & Andrew Miller) with no money, jobs or future whose world crumbles around them to the point where they are literally left with nothing. The two find themselves in a Dali-esque world of their own making.
Produced by Steven Hoban (Ginger Snaps, Cyberworld) and executive produced by Noah Segal (Ginger Snaps), Nothing is the first film to come out of their newly formed production company 49th Parallel. Nothing reunites Natali with the team that delivered Cube - producer Hoban, actors Hewlett and Miller, and cinematographer Derek Rogers.
"This is an exceptional project with a stunningly unique concept from the creative talents that brought us the highly successful Cube," said Senator International president Joe Drake, who negotiated the financing and distribution deal on behalf of Senator. "Vincenzo is a rare discovery and Senator is thrilled to be working with a director we all admire and to be in business with the dynamic new film company 49th Parallel."
Natali first created a stir with his short films Elevated and Playground; his first feature Cube for Trimark Pictures went on to be a surprise theatrical hit in France and Japan (Trimark has produced a sequel). He is currently in post-production on Company Man which stars Jeremy Northam and Lucy Liu; Miramax Films has domestic rights to the thriller about a man caught up in a world of deadly espionage.
Currently under contract with Miramax, The Drews most recently penned Boys and Girls starring Freddie Prinze Jr and Claire Forlani and Independent Artists' Simon Sez starring Dennis Rodman.