Samuel L. Jackson and Kellan Lutz are in negotiations to star in the independent action film “Deathgames,” from Motion Picture Corporation of America.
Jonah Loop, a visual effects supervisor on films such as “Collateral” and “A Perfect Getaway,” is making his directorial debut with the film.
Shooting is set to begin next month in Louisiana.
MPCA’s Brad Krevoy and Mike Callaghan are producing with Mark Williams.
The story centers on a young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for the amusement of the online masses. Jackson’s character will be overseeing the matches from his computer lair.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Hultquist, Robert Martinez and Tony Giglio worked on the script. Loop also did a rewrite.
Jackson can be seen as Nick Fury in “Iron Man 2,” which opens May 7.
Lutz appears in the upcoming remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”