According to Variety, Chuck Russell ("The Mask," Eraser) will direct Point Thunder, a nuclear war drama for the Ruddy Morgan Organization.

The pic, written by Dean Widenmann, is about a new submarine rushed into service and the commander and lieutenant who have to fight an extraterrestrial force that is taking control of it.

Al Ruddy, Herb Nanas and Stanley Isaacs will produce the film.

Russell's previous gig was as executive producer of Collateral. He last directed The Scorpion King in 2002.