After co-starring with Radha Mitchell in Greg Mclean’s US supernatural thriller 6 Miranda Drive, Kevin Bacon is set to collaborate again with the director in true-life drama Jungle.
Scripted by Justin Monjo (Rush, Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS, The Code), Jungle is based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s memoir Lost in the Jungle, which chronicles the young adventurer’s harrowing experiences with two fellow backpackers in Bolivia.
Bacon will play Karl, the Austrian guide who leads Ghinsberg and companions into the heart of the jungle, described by Mclean as a “complex, dangerous and alluring character."
Worldwide sales rep Arclight Films announced at the American Film Market that Bacon is in talks to star in the film but did not reveal further cast.
The producers are Dana Lustig and Arclight’s Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy and Mark Lazarus. Shooting is set to begin early next year on location in Australia and Colombia.
As IF reported, the Spierig brothers originally were attached to direct and co-write the screenplay with Monjo and the producers were listed as Chris Brown’s Pictures in Paradise, Emile Sherman and Iain Canning’s See-Saw Films and Lustig, with Transmission as the distributor. The project didn’t come together with that creative team so Mclean and Arclight came aboard.
Scripted by Mclean, Shane Krause and Shayne Armstrong, 6 Miranda Drive follows a family that unwittingly brings a fear-feeding supernatural force when they return from a Grand Canyon vacation.
The low-budget film will be released in the US by Universal, which has a first-look deal with Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions, who produces with Matt Kaplan of Chapter One and Bianca Martino of Mclean’s Emu Creek Pictures.