Trudie Styler's Xingu Films is to produce Alpha Male, the debut feature of UK writer-director Dan Wilde.
Wilde aims to start shooting next summer on the production, which is set entirely in an English country house and tells the story of the power struggles within a family over 20 years.
26 year-old Wilde made his mark with Bookcruncher, an ambitious 30 minute short which Styler executive produced. The short film was enough for Styler, whose productions with debut writer-directors include Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels to actor David Thewlis' Cheeky, to agree to a feature.
"It had a richness, a texture and a subtlety," Styler said. "I was impressed by his ability to put it together as a whole. His composition was not just a tableaux, it was real filmmaking."
Wilde, who is represented by ICM's Michael McCoy, is co-producing the film, which will use two narrative strands, one in the present day, one over the last 20 years. He has deliberately kept the setting in one place to keep the budget down to around $3m.
"The folly of Bookcruncher was that it had 32 locations, including Paris," he said.
Also in development at Xingu is A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, an adaptation of model and punk-metal singer Dito Montiel's autobiography which Montiel will direct from his own script. Styler has teamed with Robert Downey Jr on the project, in which Downey Jr will star.