Jon Avnet is set to direct action thriller Second World, which Emmett/Furla Films will produce with Avent's Brooklyn Films.

Variety says Avent, who is in post-production on Al Pacino starrer "88 Minutes," is skedded to begin shooting this fall. The cast has not been set.

Second World, from a spec script by Scott King, revolves around a top assassin -- and mother -- who must stop a deadly virus from spreading. But in order to halt the potential pandemic, she must team up with the virus' creator, who also is her target.