According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has come on board to co-finance the film with Regency Enterprises, a decision at least somewhat based upon a budget that reportedly was moving into the $100 million range.
Christensen's casting also somewhat reflects on the soaring budget, as the erstwhile Anakin Skywalker moves into a role originally filled by the lesser known Tom Sturridge.
The project is based on the novel by Steven Gould which focuses on a young man who discovers that he can escape from his abusive father by teleporting. At first he uses his new-found power to achieve some questionable goals, but after he draws the attention of the NSA, he begins a quest for his missing mother.
With Christensen squared away and financing in place, "Jumper" can now begin shooting by the end of this month in a selection of international locations, including Toronto, Rome and Tokyo. If successful, "Jumper" could become a trilogy for Fox and Regency.