‘Into the Storm’s’ Steven Quale to Direct ‘Hunter Killer’ for Relativity (Exclusive)

Antoine Fuqua, Phillip Noyce and McG were previously attached to direct the action-thriller

With his upcoming tornado movie “Into the Storm” whipping up a flurry of positive buzz, Steven Quale has been tapped to direct the action-thriller “Hunter Killer” for Relativity.

Neal Moritz and Toby Jaffe are producing for Original Films, while Ryan Kavanaugh will produce for Relativity, whose Tucker Tooley will executive produce.

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“Hunter Killer” follows an untested submarine captain who must work with a Navy SEAL team to rescue the Russian president, who has been taken prisoner during a military coup, in an effort to stop a rogue Russian General from igniting World War III.

Antoine Fuqua, Phillip Noyce and McG were previously attached to direct, while screenwriters have included Jamie Moss (“X-Men: First Class”), John Kolvenbach (“Coney Island”) and Arne Schmidt (“Chain Reaction”), the latter of whom is also an executive producer on the project.

The film is based on the novel “Firing Point” by George Wallace Cdr. USN Ret. and Don Keith.

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Quale is a veteran VFX whiz who worked closely with James Cameron on “The Abyss,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “True Lies,” as well as two of the most successful movies ever made in “Titanic” and “Avatar.” He made his feature directorial debut with “Final Destination 5” and co-directed the documentary “Aliens of the Deep” with Cameron.

WB’s “Into the Storm” is slated to blow down theaters on Aug. 8. The film, which TheWrap hailed as one of the Top 10 Under-the-Radar Movies of 2014, stars Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies and Jeremy Sumpter, as well as a bunch of angry tornadoes.

Quale is repped by Resolution, Principato-Young Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson.