Jennifer Hudson, Common are, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Milla Jovovich are attached to star in the action thriller Breathe. Sam Worthington is also in talks to join the feature that is described as an “edge-of-your-seat survival thriller.”
Stefon Bristol will direct from a Black List screenplay written by Doug Simon.
Breathe follows a mother Maya (Hudson) and her daughter Zora (Wallis) who are forced to live underground after Earth is made uninhabitable due to a lack of oxygen. Only short trips to the surface are made possible by a state-of-art oxygen suit made by Maya’s husband Darius (Common), whom she presumes to be dead. When a mysterious couple arrives claiming to know Darius and his fate, Maya tentatively agrees to let them into their bunker but are they all they appear to be?
Principal photography on the survival thriller will take place on location in Pennsylvania this summer.
Thunder Road Films’ Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee and Capstone’s Christian Mercuri are producing Breathe. Capstone’s Ruzanna Kegeyan exec produces alongside David Haring, Esther Hornstein and Will Flynn. Capstone Studios will finance alongside Thunder Road.
Capstone Global will introduce the title to buyers at Cannes next week. CAA Media Finance and UTA Independent Film Group helped arrange financing for the title and will co-rep the U.S. rights alongside Capstone.
Breathe is the second feature from Bristol, who previously collaborated with Spike Lee on his debut feature See You Yesterday, which premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and earned him a nomination for Best First Feature at the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards. He is repped by UTA, Ellipsis Entertainment Group and Romola Lucas Law Firm.