Chris Evans Teaming Up With Director Neill Blomkamp For Disaster Thriller ‘Greenland’

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Captain America may or may not be done with  Avengers: Infinity War, and I am not telling.  Handsome leading man Chris Evans is lining up a starring role of a different sort. It was announced Sunday,  that the actor will lead a new disaster thriller called Greenland, which hails from District 9 and Elysium filmmaker Neill Blomkamp. While full plot details are under wraps, the film is described as the story of one family’s fight for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster. Given Blomkamp’s penchant for tackling social issues and that title, one wonders if this story has something to do with the disastrous effects of climate change.

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Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk (Sicario) is producing the new film, which has Anton onboard to co-finance with Riverstone Pictures. STX International is handling international distribution, while domestic distribution rights are currently being shopped at the Cannes Film Festival.

Evans most recently wrapped the historical thriller The Red Sea Diving Resort from Prisoners of War creator Gideon Raff and is currently starring on Broadway in the play Lobby Hero. The actor’s screentime in Infinity War was fairly limited, but the film’s writers promise a much meatier Cap story in next May’s Avengers 4—which may or may not be Evans’ final go-around with the MCU.

 

It doesn’t appear that Oats Studios is involved with Greenland at all, so it’ll be interesting to see what becomes of this. In some ways, Blomkamp has never really lived up to the promise of his debut feature District 9Elysium and Chappie traffic in the same kind of aesthetic and social issues but less successfully. What I’d really like to see is a total aesthetic shift from Blomkamp, something completely different than what he’s done before. Here’s hoping Greenland is that.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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