According to Deadline, James Franco, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Kravitz and Jack Reynor just joined the cast of a sci-fi thriller named Kin.
The film will be directed by John and Josh Baker, and is based on Bag Man, a sci-fi short the brothers premiered at last year's SXSW Film Festival (you can check out that short further down in this post). The screenplay - which expands on Bag Man's basic premise - was written by Daniel Casey.
According to Deadline's report, the plot revolves around "a recently released ex-con (Reynor) and his adopted younger brother who are forced to go on the run. Chased by a vengeful criminal (Franco), the feds and a cadre of otherworldly soldiers, their only protection is a found weapon of mysterious ancestry".
Here's the short Kin will be based on, if you're curious.
This all looks and sounds great to me. I'm into the premise (what would I do if I stumbled across an alien weapon? Certainly nothing helpful), I'm into that cast, and I'm very much into that short Kin will be based on.
On a tangentially-related note, screenwriter Daniel Casey did an uncredited rewrite on Bad Robot's 10 Cloverfield Lane. In other words, if Kin somehow turns out to be the next stealth Cloverfield sequel, don't be too shocked. I'm soft-launching that wildly baseless and almost definitely incorrect fan theory right here, right now.
Kin starts shooting in October. We'll keep you updated.