By Liza Foreman
Aaron Eckhart will star in the psychological thriller "Fade Out," to be directed by Robert Salerno and produced by Anthony Bregman and Naomi Despres.
Salerno will direct from an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cristofer.
The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel will executive produce, alongside John Penotti and Tim Williams.
Recovering from a nervous breakdown, screenwriter Jim Connelly (Eckhart) spends his days in a tropical beachfront villa being cared for by his glamorous wife Anne. He starts writing a new screenplay about a jealous husband who murders his unfaithful wife, but his intense paranoia and hallucinations cause fiction and reality to blur. As the events in Jim's screenplay appear to materialize, he becomes a suspect in his own wife's disappearance and must outrun the police as he pieces together the puzzle seemingly designed by his very own mind.
Currently in pre-production, principal photography on the film will commence in mid-February 2014 in Puerto Rico.
The Solution will represent international rights and will introduce the project to buyers at the American Film Market this week. Producers are currently handling US rights.
"'Fade Out' is as irresistible as a potent Caribbean cocktail: a twisted mind-bending thriller set in a sun-soaked beach town -- from a smart script full of surprising twists, and with true artists in front of and behind the camera,” said Bregman.
“Aaron is a versatile actor who has shown immense range across his performances and is the perfect actor to bring the character to life in this Hitchcockian thriller. We’re delighted to be partnering with Bob Salerno on his directorial debut and debuting the project at AFM,” said Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.
Eckhart is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman.