Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee’s Thunder Road, which produces the John Wick project, is partnering with Screen Gems executive Scott Strauss to launch a new genre production label called Badlands.

The new label will develop feature films and they are planning on making two to three films a years. The first film they are developing is titled Arachnid.

Arachnid is a spider-themed thriller that will star Matilda Lutz. The script was written by Jayson Rothwell (Underworld: Blood Wars) and it will be directed by Ángel Gómez (Voces).

The project is set to start shooting this July in Madrid. Altitude Film Sales will introduce the film to buyers in Cannes next week.

Lutz is best known for starring in projects such as Revenge, Reptile, and the upcoming films Magpie and Red Sonja, in which she has the title role.

Recent Thunder Road projects include Monkey Man, John Wick: Chapter 4 and John Wick prequel spinoff series The Continental. Upcoming are Ballerina and Greenland: Migration.

Strauss said in a statement: “I am lucky to be in business with Thunder Road and Renegade. Badlands will be an extension of both companies’ entrepreneurial spirit and is moving quickly to acquire and produce a fresh slate of horror IP.” 

Thunder Road Partner and President of Production Erica Lee added: “Thunder Road has been looking to expand into the horror space and we are thrilled to partner with someone as smart, creative, and hardworking as Scott. His experience and track record speak for themselves and our team is dedicated to making Badlands a success.”

Source: Deadline

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