• [NEWS] "Universe's Most Wanted" in development (sci-fi fantasy)

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    From Variety.com ...

    Dave Bautista's Sci-Fi Adventure
    'Universe's Most Wanted' Sells to STX
    STXfilms has nabbed rights to "Universe's Most Wanted,"
    a sci-fi fantasy adventure starring Dave Bautista.

    It will release the film in the United States, the
    United Kingdom and India. STX acquired "Universe's
    Most Wanted" from AGC Studios and CAA Media Finance.

    "Universe's Most Wanted" is currently in pre-production
    and is scheduled to begin shooting in Melbourne,
    Australia in late July. The movie centers on a small
    town that gets a big surprise when a spaceship carrying
    the universe's most wanted and dangerous criminals
    crash lands in their backyard. Soon the sheriff and his
    son become heroes when they find themselves helping an
    intergalactic peacekeeper (Bautista) to keep the ragtag
    group of alien prisoners from escaping and taking over
    the world.

    The deal reunites Bautista with the studio that backed
    his recent film, the family comedy "My Spy." However,
    STX sold to Amazon Prime amid the pandemic so the movie
    didn't play in theaters. STX also worked with AGC
    Studios on the upcoming movie "Queenpins," a comedy
    with Kristin Bell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Vince Vaughn
    and Bebe Rexha.

    "It's a thrill to be working with old and new friends
    on this movie," said Adam Fogelson, chairman of
    STXfilms Motion Picture Group. "After successfully
    collaborating with Dave Bautista on 'My Spy' and with
    AGC on our upcoming comedy 'Queenpins,' it's great to
    be back in business with these frequent collaborators.
    And we're enormously excited to be working with Brad
    Peyton, whose proven talent for creating
    action-packed, fun adventures with plenty of comedy
    will make this movie a must-see event."

    Stuart Ford, chairman of AGC studios, added, "We're
    thrilled at STX's passion for 'Universe's Most Wanted'
    and look forward to working alongside Adam, Sam, and
    the team as we move towards production and hopefully
    enable Brad and the team to make an exciting movie."

    Brad Peyton ("Rampage," "San Andreas") will direct
    "Universe's Most Wanted" from a screenplay by
    F. Scott Frazier ("xXx: Return of Xander Cage") and
    Jimmy Loweree.

    Producers on the film include Peyton's company ASAP
    Entertainment, as well as Bautista's production
    company Dream Bros Entertainment. It will also be
    produced by AGC Studios. AGC's Miguel Palos Jr. and
    Linda McDonough are executive producing alongside
    Carsten Lorenz.

    Peyton and Bautista are both repped by CAA.


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