He’s been off our screens since he starred in Death Proof in 2007, but now action icon Kurt Russell is set to return in a new supernatural thriller from Media 8 Entertainment called Undying.

The worldwide distribution rights for the  independent film, which was scripted  by Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta, are now for sale at the Cannes festival.

According to Media 8:


“A stylish supernatural thriller/ neo-noir, (Undying) tells the story of Virgil, a private investigator who finds himself recruited by the darkly beautiful and mysterious Delia. As he begins to work for Delia, Virgil finds himself suddenly immersed in a surreal underworld, one where the boundaries of life and death as well as right and wrong are completely blurred. This unlikely journey also reveals the harrowing answers to the fate of Virgil’s own daughter.”

Filming is set to begin in the fall – but if some folks find this news familiar then don’t worry. Undying was originally titled Reaper and it was set to shoot in the fall of 2006, with Michael Keaton in the lead role. That incarnation appears to have hit financial troubles, even though Keaton had just come off the surprise supernatural hit White Noise.

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Undying was slated to start shooting in 2006 as Reaper


If Russell’s casting  doesn’t whet your appetite for the film, then how about if I told you that the film is being described as being “in the vein of Blade Runner and Seven“?

Media 8 Entertainment President Stewart Hall said “Kurt Russell is perfect for this role. He is truly one of the few actors who audiences continually embrace as a real hero.” I have to say that I agree with him on that one.

No director is attached to the project yet – but wouldn’t it be great if Russell re-teamed with his old friend John Carpenter? Just a thought!

Russell is currently attached to the thriller Waco and it’ll be interesting to see which film will go before cameras first.

Keep reading Screen Rant for more updates on Undying.

Source: THR and Media 8