Nicolas Cage has made a deal to star in Mom And Dad, a new horror thriller to be written and directed by Cage’s Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance co-helmer Brian Taylor. The new pic centers on a teenage girl and her little brother who must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to turn violently on their own kids.
Filming is set to begin production in July, with Armory Films’ Tim Zajaros and Christopher Lemole producing along with their new Zeal Media partner Cassian Elwes, who is executive producing with Jere Hausfater. XYZ Films is handling worldwide sales on the film, which will be selling at the European Film Market now underway in Berlin.
The newly launched Zeal’s first project is Billionaire Boys Club with Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Taron Egerton and and Emma Roberts.
“This is the kind of role Nick was put here to play: Human, funny, scary – somehow grounded while at the same time completely off the rails,” Taylor said. “For a filmmaker there is nothing quite like the experience of Nick Cage bringing a character you’ve written to life.”
Taylor co-directed with his writer-director partner Mark Neveldine the 2011 Ghost Rider sequel based on the Marvel comic book character. It grossed $132.6 million worldwide for Sony. The pair also wrote and directed two Crank movies starring Jason Statham, and shared a writing credit with others on Jonah Hex. This project will mark Taylor’s first solo effort.