EXCLUSIVE: The resounding success of squid game created an appetite for survival projects. Tristar Pictures has just preemptively acquired Ultra, a survival thriller screenplay by Colin Bannon. Sukee Chew from Sugar 23 product.
They’re keeping the details secret, and Bannon wrote it long before squid game. But sources tell me the protagonist is an ultra marathon runner involved in a deadly race. Bannon is quickly becoming the go-to writer for survival thriller/horror projects, having already sold his Black List screenplay First ascent to Netflix in a frenzied bidding war. Jake Scott directs. The plan is to put Ultra in production by the middle of next year.
Chew recently joined Sugar23 and before that she founded Hopscotch Pictures. His other projects include the drama Helen Keller Helen and teacher written by Laetitia Mikles and Wash Westmoreland with Millie Simmonds and Rachel Brosnahan starring, and Westmoreland set to direct. She also put the thrillers death of winter, by Sarah Conradt, set up at Netflix, under the direction of Mike Gan, and lost sun, a specification by Peter Barnes that she created at MGM.
Ultra will be led by Caellum Allan of TriStar.
Bannon is replaced by Verve, Sugar23 and Leslie Abell APC.