Isabel Lucas to Star in Elizabeth Allen's CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
Hyde Park-Image Nation, Troika Pictures and Merced Media Partners have announced that they will finance and produce the thriller CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. The film, to be directed by Elizabeth Allen ("Ramona and Beezus," "Aquamarine"), was written by Chris Frisina and will star Isabel Lucas ("Transformer 2," "Immortals").
Producing are Hyde Park's Ashok Amritraj along with Troika's Robert Stein, Michael A. Helfant and Bradley Gallo, and Myriad Pictures' Kirk D'Amico. Executive Producers are William Gallo, Chris Frisina and Merced Media Partners' Raj Singh, Stuart Brown and Kevin Frakes. Philip Cohen is Co-Executive Producer. Hyde Park International will represent worldwide rights at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Self-conscious high school student Doug Martin gets more than he bargained for when he starts a torrid affair with Lena-the young, lonely wife of a wealthy businessman renting the lake house next door. But when a serious crime rocks their sleepy vacation town, Doug is let in on a devastating secret and suddenly finds himself a suspect in this sexy thriller reminiscent of "Basic Instinct" and "Body Heat."
Lucas is in high demand after completing roles that include the upcoming Terrence Malick film KNIGHT OF CUPS, as well as starring in the new RED DAWN and The Loft. In addition to Lucas, two other A-list stars will be cast in other roles.
The film will commence principal photography in the first quarter of 2013.
"I look forward to bringing the fascinating characters to life in this provocative and sexy coming of age thriller. The lead character of Lena is a uniquely complex femme fatale -- a compelling archetype that hasn't been brought to the screen in some time and is due a revival. I am thrilled to be collaborating with the talented Isabel Lucas on this project and am excited by the depth and mystery she will infuse into the film," said Allen.
CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR has a lot of heat coming into Toronto with the film having already been sold to Square One for Germany, Swen for Latin America, Grandview for Eastern Europe, Phars for the Middle East, Aqua Pinema for Turkey, Lusomundo for Portugal, Ster Kinekor for South Africa and PT Amero for Indonesia.
In 2009, Hyde Park Entertainment and Image Nation partnered on a $250 million financing deal to develop, produce and distribute feature films. The partnership recently released GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE 3D in partnership with Sony, which opened worldwide in February 2012, grossing over $135 million. Hyde Park and Image Nation also extended their partnership to create a strategic alliance with Singapore's Media Development Authority (MDA). Under this deal, Hyde Park-Image Nation Singapore was launched in 2010 to fund multiple films worth an estimated production value of $75 million. Hyde Park is currently involved in producing and financing THE UNTITLED Elmore Leonard PROJECT starring Jennifer Aniston, the family adventure film MIDNIGHT SUN and CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR amongst others.
This summer, Troika Pictures completed principal photography of the suspense thriller The Hive starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin and directed by Brad Anderson. Troika produces and finances high quality commercial genre films primarily intended for youth audiences (ages 13-30). Troika seeks to create franchise film properties that will generate derivative content across multiple platforms and media. Troika Pictures has a first look deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.