Actress Katie Aselton is set to direct and star in the thriller Black Rock. Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth have signed on to co-star in the film which was conceived by Aselton and written by Mark Duplass (Cyrus). The story centers on “three childhood friends who embark on a weekend getaway to the isolated island of Black Rock, only to discover that they are not alone.” While that may sound like your standard thriller, with indie-staple Duplass writing the screenplay you can pretty much bet on it being something wholly original.
As an actress, Aselton has worked on FX’s The League and appears in the upcoming Paul Rudd indie comedy Our Idiot Brother. Submarine is handling U.S. and international sales at Cannes, with a portion of the film’s funding being crowd-sourced through Kickstarter. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Here’s the full press release:
KATIE ASELTON HEADS TO “BLACK ROCK”
All-Girl Thriller to Co-Star Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth
Submarine to Handle Domestic U.S. and International Sales Including Pre-Sales at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
Producers Launch KickStarter Campaign for Crowd-Sourced Funding
May 11, 2011 – Katie Aselton (THE FREEBIE) is set to direct and star in the thriller BLACK ROCK, with Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth signing on to co-star. The film chronicles three childhood friends who embark on a weekend getaway to the isolated island of Black Rock, only to discover that they are not alone. The story was conceived by Aselton and written by Mark Duplass (CYRUS), both of whom will executive produce, with Adele Romanski (THE FREEBIE, THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER) reuniting with Aselton to produce the film.
Josh Braun from Submarine will be handling international domestic and international sales, including pre-sales at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In addition, the producers of BLACK ROCK are excited to announce a Kickstarter campaign to crowd-source a portion of the film’s funding. For more information about the Kickstarter campaign please visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1756210031/black-rock-written-by-mark-duplass-directed-by-kat
Aselton, who starred in and co-produced THE PUFFY CHAIR, is also currently a regular on the hit FX comedy THE LEAGUE, which was recently renewed for a third season. Aselton will also be seen in the upcoming comedies OUR IDIOT BROTHER, directed by Jesse Peretz and to be released this summer by The Weinstein Company, and Paramount’s JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME, written, directed and produced by Mark and Jay Duplass. Her debut film as a writer and director, THE FREEBIE, in which she co-starred opposite Dax Shepard, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Phase Four Films to critical acclaim.
“I grew up watching classic suspense films and have long had the idea of making a girl-based thriller where the threat to the characters is very real, and the audience is left with the terrifying thought ‘this could happen to me,’” said Aselton. “Exploring that kind of movie excites me as a filmmaker, and I am elated to have Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth alongside me on the journey.”
Bell will next be seen in A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY which made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be released this August. On the small screen, Bell will next be seen in the third season of the Adult Swim series “CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL,” created by Rob Corddry. The show will return on June 2nd, 2011 and run for 14 episodes. Bell is currently shooting the second season of HBO’s “HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA” in New York opposite Bryan Greenberg and Victor Rasuk. It will return this summer. At the Sundance Film Festival this year, Bell was proud to have her first short film accepted. She wrote and directed the film, “WORST ENEMY,” which is a comedy about a female misanthrope (Michaela Watkins) who gets herself stuck in a full body girdle.
Bosworth was most recently seen in ANOTHER HAPPY DAY starring opposite Demi Moore and Ellen Barkin as well as the independent film LITTLE BIRDS, both of which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. She will next be seen in the remake of STRAW DOGS and also just completed the comedy L!FE HAPPENS with Krysten Ritter. Bosworth is well known for her role as the iconic ‘Lois Lane’ in SUPERMAN RETURNS for Bryan Singer and for her strong-willed performance in John Stockwell’s hugely successful BLUE CRUSH. Her additional credits include Kevin Spacey’s BEYOND THE SEA, where she portrayed screen icon ‘Sandra Dee’ and Robert Luketic’s 21 among others.
Aselton is represented by ICM and Untitled Entertainment. Duplass is represented by ICM. Bell is represented by UTA and the Burstein Company. Bosworth is represented by WME and One Talent Management.