Earlier this year it was announced that Wolf Creek director Greg McLean was set to direct survival thriller Jungle, based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s memoirs, Lost in the Jungle.
THR now confirms that Kevin Bacon is set to star in the film, and this marks his second outing with McLean after appearing in his yet to be released in the UK, 6 Miranda Drive.
Arclight Films is producing Jungle, after See-Saw Films and the Spierig brothers didn’t take the film past its early development. Screenwriter Justin Monjo, (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart), has written the script, with Gary Hamilton, Dana Lustig, Mike Gabrawy and Mark Lazarus producing. Arclight Films International is handling international sales.
Jungle is the second project for Bacon and McLean who made Blumhouse supernatural thriller 6 Miranda Drive, in April. Bacon will next be seen alongside Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch in Warner Bros mob drama, Black Mass.
Jungle was one of 11 projects to receive $9.2 million (AUS $10.7 million) worth of financing from agency Screen Australia, which triggers $50 million worth of production Down Under.
Based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s memoir “Lost in the Jungle,” the movie tells the story of a young man with adventurous dreams who heads into the Bolivian jungle with two friends and a fraudulent guide. Their journey soon turns into a frightening psychological test of faith and human fortitude.