Will Kevin Bacon Star in Jungle Thriller?

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Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:47 -- Nick Dager

Arclight Films and producer Dana Lustig are in talks with Kevin Bacon to star in Jungle, the new thriller based on the international best selling memoir of the same name written by Yossi Ghinsberg, who was the subject of the one-hour Discovery Channel docudrama series I Shouldn't Be Alive.

“We’re thrilled at the prospect of Kevin Bacon joining Jungle,” said Gary Hamilton Managing Director of Arclight Films. “His incredible range and talent as an actor, coupled with his longstanding box office popularity, offer a powerful draw for distributors and moviegoers alike.” Greg Mclean of Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2 fame will direct Jungle.

"The story requires an actor of consummate skill to bring to life a complex, dangerous and alluring character who anchors the entire piece. Kevin was our first and only choice and I look forward to working with him again.” Said Mclean.

Jungle tells the story of Yossi Ghinsberg, an enthusiastic young adventurer following his dreams, who heads into the Amazon jungle with two friends and a guide with a mysterious past. Their journey turns into a terrifying psychological ordeal and fight for survival as the darkest elements of human nature and the deadliest threats of the wilderness emerge to test their endurance. Bacon will play Karl, the guide that leads Ghinsberg and companions into the heart of the jungle.

The script was written by one of Australia’s leading screenwriters, Justin Monjo (Rush, The Untold Story of INXS).

“As a real life, against all odds survival story, executed with Greg McLean's ability to capture the spirit and energy of youthful adventure in the shadow of dread and suspense, Jungle is bound to entertain and powerfully impact audiences around the world,” said Lustig.

Jungle is produced by Dana Lustig (Dancing at the Blue Laguna, Thousand Kisses Keep) Gary Hamilton (Lord of War, Bait 3D, The Bank Job), and Mike Gabrawy (Resident Evil, Bait 3D, Outcast) and Mark Lazarus (Loved Ones). 

Shooting is set to begin early next year on location in Australia and Colombia.

Arclight Films is handling worldwide sales and is packaging the film. Screen Australia and Screen Queensland have supported development of the project.  

Kevin Bacon is represented by Brian DePersia at WME, David L. Schiff of The Schiff Company and attorney Frederic N. Gaines of Gaines Solomon Law Group. Greg Mclean is represented by David Kopple and John Garvey at CAA, Paul Nelson and Emily Rose at Mosaic, and attorneys Peter Nelson and Joel Vanderkloot. 

Arclight Films www.arclightfilms.com