Gerard Butler Disaster Thriller ‘Greenland’ Acquired by STXFilms

Film will be directed by former stuntman Ric Roman Waugh

STXfilms has acquired the domestic rights to distribute “Greenland,” starring Gerard Butler, it announced Thursday.

“Greenland” is a disaster thriller that follows a family struggling for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster. The film will be directed by former stuntman Ric Roman Waugh, who wrote and directed Dwayne Johnson’s 2013 crime thriller “Snitch.”

Chris Sparling (“Buried”) penned the script for “Greenland,” with current revisions by Mitchell LaFortune. Principal photography on the film is set to begin in May.

“Greenland” is produced by Thunder Road Films’ Basil Iwanyk (“Sicario,” “John Wick”), who also developed the project, with Butler and Alan Siegel via their G-BASE production company.¬†¬†Anton is fully financing and producing. CAA Media Finance arranged the film’s financing and represented the project’s domestic rights alongside Anton.

STXinternational’s John Friedberg previously acquired the international rights to the film. STXinternational will handle international distribution of the film through its output partnerships and will directly distribute the film in the U.K.

Butler will next be seen in “Angel Has Fallen,” which is the final installment in the Fallen trilogy that includes “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen.” He produced both films, as well as the 2019 Sundance Film Festival title “Them That Follow,” starring Olivia Colman and Kaitlyn Dever.

Roman Waugh recently produced, wrote and directed the drama “Shot Caller” and he will direct Butler in “Angel Has Fallen.”

Butler is repped by CAA and Alan Siegel Entertainment. Waugh is repped by WME and Tara Kole at Gang Tyre. Sparling is repped by UTA and Kaplan Perrone. Mitchell is repped by Verve and Kaplan Perrone.