Nicolas Chartier's Voltage Films has brought director Gabriele Muccino aboard science-fiction thriller "Near Death."

The deal reteams Muccino with Voltage following his "Fathers and Daughters," starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul. Voltage plans to begin casting in October.

Sherryl Clark and Joe Riley will produce along side of Voltage's Craig J. Flores and Chartier. Muccino will direct from a script by Carter Blanchard, who recently signed on to write a new draft of Fox's "Independence Day" sequel.

"Near Death" centers on a near-death survivor who starts predicting future events and acting in bizarre ways while his wife notices the world itself changing all around her in impossible ways. Fearing for her sanity, she investigates and uncovers a massive conspiracy that bridges space and time.

Muccino's credits include a pair of Will Smith films -- "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "Seven Pounds."

Clark, who is producing through her Busted Shark banner, and Riley developed the screenplay with Blanchard and brought it to Flores. The project was previously set up at Fox Searchlight.

Voltage is handling foreign sales on the picture. Babacar Diene will oversee production for Voltage.

Chartier produced "The Hurt Locker" while Flores produced the two "300" movies and "The Company You Keep." Clark produced "Cloverfield."

Muccino is repped by WME and Laura Rister and Beth Holden-Garland at Untitled. Blanchard is repped by Paradigm and Adam Kolbrenner at Madhouse.

 

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