Toronto Deals: Hyde Park Adds ‘Careful What You Wish For’ to Slate

Hyde Park-Image Nation, Troika Pictures and Merced Media Partners will finance and produce the thriller “Careful What You Wish For,” the companies announced in Toronto on Sunday

Hyde Park-Image Nation, Troika Pictures and Merced Media Partners will finance and produce the thriller “Careful What You Wish For,” the companies announced in Toronto on Sunday.

The film, to be directed by Elizabeth Allen from a script by Chris Frisina, will star Isabel Lucas (photo right). Producing are Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj along with Troika’s Robert Stein, Michael A. Helfant and Bradley Gallo, and Myriad Pictures’ Kirk D'Amico. 

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The executive producers are William Gallo, Chris Frisina and Merced Media Partners’ Raj Singh, Stuart Brown and Kevin Frakes. Philip Cohen is co-executive producer. Hyde Park International will begin sales this week in Toronto.

The story revolves around a self-conscious high-school student, Doug Martin, who gets more than he bargained for when he starts a torrid affair with Lena – the young, lonely wife of a wealthy businessman renting the lake house next door.  The film will begin principal photography in the first quarter of 2013. 

"I look forward to bringing the fascinating characters to life in this provocative and sexy coming of age thriller," said Allen. "The lead character of Lena is a uniquely complex femme fatale — a compelling archetype that hasn't been brought to the screen in some time and is due a revival.  I am thrilled to be collaborating with the talented Isabel Lucas on this project and am excited by the depth and mystery she will infuse into the film."

The film has already sold in Toronto to a number of international territories.