Zoe Bell to direct Zachary Levi in rock-climbing thriller

Will shoot in New Zealand later this year

Zachary Levi as Kurt Warner aon the set of American Underdog. Photo Credit: Michael Kubeisy/Lionsgate

XYZ Films has set Zachary Levi to headline the rock-climbing action thriller “Free Fall”, with Zoë Bell set to direct. The script was written by Sean Finegan and Gregg Maxwell Parker with Tom Hern and Nua Finau of Tavake producing. Navid McIlhargey and Erik Olsen will executive produce alongside, Finegan, Parker and Levi. The film is set for production later this year in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

”Free Fall” tells the story of a father’s attempt to reconcile with his estranged daughter in New Zealand on a rock-climbing trip that turns deadly as an accident leaves them stranded hundreds of feet in the air. As a storm sets in, the two must fight against the elements and terrifying heights in order to survive.

Finegan and Parker have collaborated on numerous spec sales in a range of genres over the years, including high-concept action and family films, reteaming on ”Free Fall” in a blend of their individual styles. Parker is the author of the popular middle grade book Troublemakers, which has a sequel due out in 2024. Finegan is developing and executive producing the spy thriller series ”Unknown” at Netflix with Dark Castle, Liam Neeson, Jaume Collet-Serra, Karl Gajdusek, Speed Weed, and Free Fall collaborator Erik Olsen executive producing.

“This script is the perfect combo of heartfelt and heart stopping. Between the producing team, the cast and the NZ crews, words don’t do justice to how thrilled I am to be bringing this film home! Also, my Dad’s there so…” said Zoë Bell.

“We’re very excited to embark on this film with so many longtime friends: Sean wrote the script after working with us as an executive on the Warner Bros lot. And that’s where we met Zac while he was shooting Chuck on Stage 4 and befriended Zoë after seeing her brilliant stunt work in Kill Bill,” said producers McIlhargey and Olsen.

Hern and Finau had this to add, “We are stoked to be teaming up with the guys at XYZ again to help bring Zoë Bell’s feature debut to the world. Zoë’s an incredible talent and an iconic Kiwi. The script sets the table not only for her renowned action direction chops, but also plenty of heart and humanity.”

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