"Small Town Murder Songs" filmmaker Ed Gass-Donnelly is set to write and direct the sci-fi thriller "Pivot" for Lotus Entertainment, the company announced Monday.
When a scientist's wife is killed, he invents a device to "pivot" between parallel universes to save her life, but to be with her, he'll have to kill the parallel version of himself.
Lotus' Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will produce the film, while the company's D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian will executive produce alongside Gass-Donnelly. Gugenheim will oversee the project for Lotus, which will also handle international sales.
"A high-quality concept like 'Pivot' is exactly the type of project we were looking for," Johnson and Seibel said in a joint statement. "Ed has the perfect approach to bring 'Pivot' to life and we are eager to embark on our journey."
Gass-Donnelly made his feature debut with "This Beautiful City," which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007 and was later nominated for four Canadian Academy Awards. His sophomore feature "Small Town Murder Songs" premiered in Toronto in 2010. Gass-Donnelly also directed "The Last Exorcism Part II."
Gass-Donnelly is represented by ICM Partners and Untitled Entertainment.
Lotus Entertainment's current slate includes: Tom Tykwer's "A Hologram For the King" starring Tom Hanks; "Kidnap" starring Oscar winner Halle Berry; Scott Hicks' "Fallen" based on the bestselling YA novel; Henry Hobson's zombie movie "Maggie" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Craig Zobel's "Z For Zachariah" starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Stephen Gaghan's "Candy Store" and the Anne Hathaway drama "Song One."