Fatale: Lionsgate acquires rights to noir psychological thriller
Lionsgate has acquired North American and key international rights to Fatale, the mind-bending, taut psychologically provocative thriller directed by Deon Taylor (The Intruder) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, Michael Ealy, Mike Colter, and Tyrin Turner.
Fatale centers on a married man (Ealy) who finds himself living a nightmare as he is relentlessly compromised, out-witted and morally manipulated by a mysterious woman (Swank) with whom he had a wild one nightstand. How far will he go to save his marriage from his mistake?
“We previously acquired Deon’s thriller Traffik, and when Damon Wolf came to Lionsgate on the heels of working with Deon, he mentioned we should keep our eye on Fatale. He could not have been more right. We are all big fans of Deon and are thrilled to have him back at Lionsgate. This film has the heat and erotic appeal of relationship-gone-wrong thrillers like Unfaithful, Fatal Attraction or Basic Instinct. Deon Taylor has delivered a morally complex and outstanding character-driven thriller with riveting performances by Hillary Swank and Michael Ealy,” said Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions.
“Damon and I had the chance to work together on The Intruder, and like a character from this new movie, he became almost obsessed with this project,” Taylor said. “I can feel that energy and passion with the Lionsgate team and I’m excited to be working with Joe, and to be reunited with Damon, Jason and Eda and the whole entire Lionsgate film group.”
Written and produced by David Loughery (The Intruder, Lakeview Terrace, Obsessed), the film is produced by Taylor’s Hidden Empire Film Group partner Roxanne Taylor and is executive produced by partner Robert F. Smith. Two-time Oscar nominee Dante Spinotti (L.A. Confidential, Heat) served as director of photography, marking his third collaboration with Taylor on Fatale.