Sony & Mandalay Pictures Team On Sci-Fi ‘Omega’ With ‘Mortal Kombat’ Filmmaker Simon McQuoid Directing David M. Crabtree & Blair Butler Script

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony is in development on sci-fi movie Omega, which Mortal Kombat filmmaker Simon McQuoid is attached to direct.

Jason Michael Berman is producing for Mandalay Pictures, and the company’s Jordan Moldo is executive producing. We understand Peter Kang and Alex Rosario are overseeing for Columbia Pictures/Sony.

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U.S. writer, stand-up and presenter Blair Butler is aboard for the new version of the script (the original spec was by David M. Crabtree) after she wrote the movies Polaroid and Hell Fest and was a producer on the Hulu/Marvel series Hellstrom. She most recently wrote The Bride, starring Nathalie Emmanuel and Thomas Doherty, which is being released by Sony’s Screen Gems in August.

Australian director McQuoid, previously known for his commercials work, made his feature debut last year on Mortal Kombat, which he shot for New Line with Atomic Monster and Broken Road producing.

Donnie Brasco, The Kids Are Alright and The Birth of a Nation outfit Mandalay has the Letitia Wright-Jamie Bell-Michael K. Williams western Surrounded set for release with MGM next year. The company is in production on Sony Pictures’ Untitled George Foreman movie, directed by George Tillman Jr. and starring Khris Davis, Forest Whitaker and Sullivan Jones. In pre-production is the Untitled Nike Drama to be directed by Ben Affleck and starring Matt Damon and Affleck. The film is the true story of former Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro and the firm’s pursuit of Michael Jordan.

Butler is repped by ICM, Industry Entertainment and the Lichter Grossman. McQuoid is represented at ICM Partners and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole LLP.

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