Red Sea Media is in the process of assembling a strong slate for the upcoming Marché du Film, including Squirrels, a new horror-thriller that the company has just acquired international sales rights for from Bazelevs, Timur (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) Bekmambetov’s production company.
The film was written by Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin, based on an idea by Bekmambetov.
The production is currently setting a director, with an A-list cast expected to sign shortly.
When a young man’s estranged father is killed under suspicious circumstances, he returns home for the first time in years to get to the bottom of the mystery. Hoping to uncover some logical explanation, he instead finds his mom’s sleazy new boyfriend, a natural gas company buying up the town, an angry female sheriff who happens to be his ex-girlfriend, and an army of flesh-eating squirrels hellbent on destroying everything in their path due to an erosion of their food chain as a result of environmental destruction by the gas company.
“Squirrels, like people, can seem very cute – until they get hungry!” said Bekmambetov.