The UK's Vertigo Films has come on board for Rupert Wyatt's next feature The Trail, after already taking the rights to his debut feature The Escapist, which is world premiering in Sundance today.
Vertigo will produce and take all UK rights to Wyatt's new project, and Vertigo's new partner sales company Protagonist Pictures will handle international sales for The Trail as its first announced project.
The Trail will shoot in New Mexico in spring 2008. Vertigo's Allan Niblo and James Richardson will produce with Picture Farm's Ben Freedman.
Wyatt and Daniel Hardy re-teamed after The Escapist to write the new screenplay. The story, set in present day New Mexico, is about two US soldiers about to be deployed to Iraq who search the mountains for an injured Native American.
Vertigo's Ruper Preston called The Escapist 'the most outstanding, exciting and commercial directorial debut I have seen in years.'
Richardson added: 'The Trailis one of the most incredible scripts we have read and Rupert is simply one of the most talented new directors around. We are tremendously excited to be continuing and building our relationship with him and with Picture Farm.'
Wyatt's past shorts include Ticks and Get The Picture.
Vertigo's other 2008 productions will include Tom Shankland's The Day, Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson, Nick Love's The Sweeney, and Love's sequel to The Business.