Secretary Director Steven Shainberg to Helm Sci-Fi Adventure Rupture

AMBI Group has today announced that Secretary and Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus helmer Steven Shainberg is set to direct an upcoming science fiction adventure feature titled Rupture, based on a story by himself and Brian Nelson (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night). Nelson wrote the screenplay.

Full details of the project have not yet been revealed, but the premise is said to involve a single mother struggling to raise her son alone, who is abducted by a mysterious organization. While trying to escape, she uncovers an extraordinary secret about herself.

Tango Pictures production banner, which is a partnership between Christina Weiss Lurie, Steve Shainberg, and Andrew Lazar, is teaming with AMBI Group, the movie development, finance, production and distribution group owned and run by Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi, to make the film.

“I’m very excited to be partnering with AMBI Group,” says Lazar. “Andrea and Lady Monika are very forward-thinking financiers and filmmakers, and this film will be the beginning of a fantastic relationship between Tango and AMBI.”

“When Andrew approached us with this project, it may have been our quickest ‘yes’ to date – and we are fast movers!,” adds Iervolino. “‘Rupture’ is an ‘event’ movie that has all the elements you’d look for in a massively commercial film. We’re excited to bring this project to life with Andrew, Christina, Steven and Brian.”

“We’re fortunate to have such great producing partners in Andrew and Christina,” says Bacardi, “who strive, as we do, to make memorable films and enjoy the process and passion that goes into each production. Couple this with a spellbinding story from Steven Shainberg and our excitement and expectations grow even higher.”

AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of AMBI Group is handling international sales and will formally present the project in Cannes.

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