Tarsem Singh, director of the 2011 fantasy action movie “Immortals,” has been tapped by Good Universe to direct “The Panopticon,” an original action thriller with science-fiction elements.
The movie’s script is written by Craig Rosenberg, known to some for his work in “After the Sunset.”
“The Panopticon” follows a seemingly ordinary man who receives a mysterious package containing a pre-recorded message from himself, warning that the world is about to end and only he can save it. He must race against the clock to piece together the puzzle before time runs out for mankind.
The title is a reference to a theoretical prison institution developed by 18th century philosopher Jeremy Bentham, where a watchman is able to observe the inmates without their knowledge. This theory is known as the “panopticon.” It’s unclear if this will have any bearing on the film’s plot.
“The Panopticon” will be produced by Andrew Lazar (“Get Smart”). Good Universe co-founders Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will serve as executive producers.
Singh’s “Immortals,” which starred Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”), Freida Pinto (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler”), grossed $226 million worldwide. He also directed “Mirror Mirror” in 2012, which was a moderate box office success.
His independent productions “The Fall” and “The Cell” were critically acclaimed, and he is currently prepping “Selfless” for FilmDistrict, which will star Ryan Reynolds (“Green Lantern,” “Buried”).
Although no release date for “The Panopticon” has been set, it will shoot sometime after “Selfless,” meaning it could premiere in 2015.