Instead of Alien 5, Blomkamp’s doing a disaster film with Captain America

Chris Evans (”The Avengers”, ”Captain America” franchises) will lead block-buster director Neill Blomkamp’s (”Elysium”, ”District 9”) next film, ”Greenland”, about one family’s fight for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster.

”Greenland” is produced by Thunder Road Picture’s Basil Iwanyk (“Sicario”). Anton is co-financing with Riverstone Pictures. Anton’s Sébastien Raybaud and Harold van Lier are executive producing with Riverstone’s Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar. CAA Media Finance arranged the film’s financing and will represent the project’s domestic rights alongside Endeavor Content. Anton is fast emerging as a major industry player having already introduced the $40m ”Fireheart” to buyers at Cannes.

Thunder Road developed the picture with Riverstone and UK financier Ingenious Media.

STXinternational, a division of STX Entertainment, is handling international distribution for the highly anticipated film as well as directly distributing the film in the UK and Ireland. The company will present the project to buyers at the Marche du Film.

“When we read Greenland, we knew it was exactly the sort of film we wanted to make as we build the Anton brand – smart, character driven genre with action and heart. We are very excited to work alongside our friends at STX with such exceptional talent as Neill Blomkamp, Chris Evans and Basil Iwanyk,” said Sébastien Raybaud, CEO of Anton.

“Greenland is the kind of highly commercial genre fare that sees Neill Blomkamp doing what he does best: delivering a smart, fresh, high concept narrative in a world we can easily recognize,” said David Kosse, President of STXinternational. “We were immediately attracted to this talent-driven, wide release, theatrical title that is so distinctive of the STX brand. Working alongside Neill, Thunder Road, Riverstone and Anton to bring this to the marketplace is a tremendous opportunity.”

Neill Blomkamp shot to international acclaim as the co-writer and director of the critically lauded and financially successful science fiction film ”District 9”, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His following films ”Elysium” starring Matt Damon and ”Chappie” starring Hugh Jackman and Dev Patel made over $388 million cumulatively at the worldwide box-office.

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