The Works International is partnering with Mann Made Films on The Drought, an ecological action horror set in a terrifying post-apocalyptic world.

The film will be directed by Lawrence Gough, winner of the Trailblazer Award for emerging talent at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival for his debut feature, Salvage. Colin O’Donnell, Gough’s long time writing partner, is writing  the script.

The Works are in advanced discussions with Jonescompany’s Robert Jones to produce. Scott Mann will executive produce alongside James Edward Barker and Alan Graves for Mann Made Films. The film will be produced in association with Hoax Films.

The Drought is set in a near future where the world is plunged into a state of emergency with millions dying of thirst and national infrastructures collapsing. A desperate couple who have avoided the mass exoduses and eked out an existence in their suburban home, head for London in a last-ditch attempt to find the water they badly need to save themselves and their ailing daughter.

Casting will will be confirmed in the New Year and the film is due to shoot next summer. Financing for the production will be led by The Works International which will also handle worldwide sales.