June 23, 2015
By Mike Fleming Jr
EXCLUSIVE: Arnold Schwarzenegger has found a project to follow Terminator Genisys. He has aligned himself to star in 478, a dark script by Javier Gullon, the Spanish writer best known for the Denis Villenueve-directed Enemy. That was an adaptation of the Jose Saramago classic novel The Double that Jake Gyllenhaal starred in. Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa is producing and the aim is to shoot in the fall.
In 478, Schwarzenegger plays a man whose wife and child die in a plane crash. The tragedy was caused by an air traffic controller’s screw-up. The air traffic controller is vilified for his mistake and placed into protective custody. Schwarzenegger cannot let it go, and is determined to seek vengeance. Though is sounds like a standard revenge film, I’m told it isn’t. It is much more subtle than that — a real character piece more than an action film and gives Schwarzenegger a chance to show the chops he displayed on Maggie.
CAA will represent the film’s domestic distribution rights, and the agency reps Schwarzenegger, who’s lawyered by Patrick Knapp. The writer is repped by CAA, managed by Peter Dealbert of Pacific View Management and lawyered by Rob Szymanski.