The film is based on a pitch from writer T.J. Fixman (Past Midnight), with David Goyer and Keith Levine producing. Goyer’s Phantom Four has a first-look deal with Tencent, which is how the project originated. Drew Simon is overseeing the project at STX along with Sam Brown.
Johannesburg, South Africa-born Israelite is best known for helming Saban/Lionsgate’s Power Rangers, which opened stateside to $40 milion domestic and grossed $142M WW. Israelite’s first big studio movie was Paramount/Platinum Dunes/MTV Films’ sci-fi title Project Almanac in 2015.