Irvine-based Ubiquity Studios will launch its maiden voyage into feature films with a thriller to be set and filmed on the historic ocean liner The Queen Mary, it was announced today by Chris Carmichael, CEO, Ubiquity Studios. The first in a slate of films for the studio, Ubiquity will finance development and production of the Queen Mary project, while Exclusive Media will oversee international sales for the film.
Gary Dauberman, the writer on New Line's Crawlspace
, will pen the film - inspired by the history of the Queen Mary and her legendary hauntings. Dauberman recently wrote Mandate's Burst
for CBS Films, and has worked on the "Final Destination" and "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies.
Brett Tomberlin of Ubiquity Studios will produce along with Andrew Trapani and Brian Gilbert of Nine/8 Entertainment. The trio is currently producing the Winchester Mystery House
film with Exclusive Media.
Slated for a spring 2014 start, the Queen Mary project will be filmed on-location aboard the ship in Long Beach, CA, as well as at Ubiquity's studio in Irvine, CA. Ubiquity's Chris Carmichael and Connie Jordan will be Executive Producers.
"We are excited to bring to life the fascinating story and historical significance of the Queen Mary," said Carmichael. "From her voyages from 1930's as a luxury liner and a war ship, to her current place as a top hotel and tourist attraction, the Queen Mary promises to be a great subject for a dramatic thriller."
Tobin Armbrust, President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions for Exclusive Media added, "The legend of the Queen Mary is a haunting and timeless story. Our friends at Imagination Design Works and Nine/8 Entertainment are assembling a stellar team to pull the project together. We are delighted to be in business with them on this second film."
"As one of the grandest ocean liners in history, the Queen Mary makes the perfect backdrop for a feature film," said Steve Sheldon, Director of Entertainment Events for the Queen Mary. "She has a rich and storied past full of allure, grandeur, tragedy and secrets, and we couldn't be more excited to be in partnership with both Ubiquity and Exclusive Media."