Olatunde Osunsanmi ("The Fourth Kind" starring Milla Jovovich") has been tapped to direct "The Twisted," a thriller from Scott Free Productions’ new movie division, "Ridley Scott Presents."
Osunsanmi will direct from a screenplay penned by Ari Schlossberg about a troubled child psychologist and a cameraman sent in to interview children at an isolated orphanage in Sierra Nevada following reports of strange occurrences. They expect to find reasonable causes, but when the children take a terrifying and twisted turn for the worse, the pair start to wonder if it’s the adults who are actually in danger.
Ridley Scott launched his new genre label earlier this month, through his Scott Free Productions. "The Twisted" will be its first project. The film also marks the first project from Verve Ventures, the new packaging, finance and sales division of talent and literary agency Verve.
International sales veteran Amy Beecroft, who joined Verve in March, packaged the film with her Verve Ventures team. She will oversee worldwide sales for "The Twisted" and introduced the film to buyers for the first time at the Toronto Film Festival’s market.
“I am thrilled that ‘The Twisted’ is the first film for Verve Ventures and couldn’t have asked for better partners than Ridley, Gianinia and Colet,” said Beecroft. “This is a great example of the high quality, filmmaker driven projects people can come to expect from Verve Ventures.”
“We are very excited to be launching this new label with such an exciting and provocative project,” said Ridley and Giannina Scott. “The goal is to produce genre films from filmmakers who have a unique voice and a captivating vision. We hope it’s the start of many more to come.”
Osunsanmi’s credits include the upcoming features "Dark Moon" for Universal and "Eden" for Gold Circle Films. His TV directing credits include "Falling Skies," "Under the Dome" and "Minority Report."
Before directing "The Fourth Kind," he started out as a production assistant and then went on to write "Smokin’ Aces II" for Universal Home Video. He is currently in development on his original idea "Eden," a script he wrote to direct, which reunites him with the producer team behind "The Fourth Kind." "Eden" is a modern day science fiction spin on the Underground Railroad legend, however instead of humans oppressing humans, it’s aliens oppressing humanity.
He is also in development on "Planet X" with Cota Films and Vertigo produced by Michael Costigan and Roy Lee, which he will write and direct. "Planet X" chronicles three astronauts in a secret space program as they journey to investigate a previously unknown planet at the edge of our solar system.
Osunsanmi’s last theatrically-released feature film was the thriller "Evidence," which RLJ Entertainment released in the summer of 2013.