Darren Lynn Bousman is attached to direct the indie sci-fi action-thriller Apex for 2511 Productions.
The plot is being described as a cross between Predator and the hit video game Call of Duty, centering on a Special Ops team tasked with finding a weapon of mass destruction in North Korea. When the WMD is transported into another world, these soldiers find themselves going up against a deadly alien race.
James E. Cavanaugh came up with the original idea and wrote the screenplay, which addresses current trends in physics and biology. The screenwriter will also produce alongside Joe Di Maio (Kid Cannabis, Last Call) and Aaron Ray (V/H/S, The Ministers). The producers are envisioning Apex as a transmedia property, and plan to reveal concept art and alien designs at this year's Comic-Con.
Here's what Darren Lynn Bousman had to say about the project in a statement, where he said he wants to mix the 1980s style of filmmaking with the gritty realism seen in recent war movies like Lone Survivor.
"(I see this as) a love letter to the sci-fi films I grew up watching with my dad, such as Alien, Predator, Enemy Mine, Tremors. But I also want it to have the more modern feel of some of the recent video games I am currently playing, like Halo and Call of Duty. This can be a balls-to-the-walls action fantasy and it's franchisable outside of the movie universe. There is a whole world to explore with Apex."