Danny Trejo (Machete) and Erin Cummings (Spartacus: Blood and Sand) are in negotiations to star in the independent biker thriller Tarantula. According to Heat Vision, the story centers on Cummings’ character, “who breaks away from a tight-knit biker gang to start a new life but finds that escape is not so easy.” Trejo would play the “self-styled leader” of the biker gang that makes that escape unexpectedly difficult.
Oley Sassone (Xena: Warrior Princess) will direct from a debut script by longtime construction coordinator John Kersey. To facilitate his segue from the art department to the writers’ room, Kersey will call in a series of favors from his friends in the field — editors, sound designers, and the like. Kersey will also produce with his wife Jennifer under their Two of a Kind Productions banner: they hope to start filming in Detroit by November, with a budget around $2.5 million.