Katee Sackhoff is set to play the lead role of Mackenzie Wilson in “Origin Unknown”, a science fiction thriller that will be directed by Hasraf Dulull. Principal photography is set to begin in London, UK later this month.
Hasraf Dullull is a Visual Effects Creative who transitioned into writing and directing with his critically acclaimed sci-fi short: ‘Project Kronos’.
Synopsis: After the first manned mission to Mars ends in a deadly crash, mission controller Mackenzie “Mack’” Wilson (Sackhoff) is summoned to assist an artificial intelligence system – A.R.T.I. Their investigation uncovers a mysterious object under the surface of Mars, leading to a discovery that could change the future of our planet as we know it.
A few posts on Instagram and Twitter hinted to “Origin Unknown” prior to the press release:
— Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull (@hazvfx) January 28, 2017
— Katee Sackhoff (@kateesackhoff) January 8, 2017
From the Press Release:
It was revealed today that Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica,” Riddick, Oculus, Don’t Knock Twice) will play the lead role of Mackenzie “Mack” Wilson in the sci-fi thriller Origin Unknown and that Content Media has come on board to handle worldwide sales. UK-based Coffee & Cigarettes, who act as executive producers on the film, brokered the deal with Content Media to represent the film.
Eduardo Panizzo of Coffee & Cigarettes said,
“We are delighted to be working with Content Media on this project; they have an exceptional track record and a proven history of success in the sci-fi genre.”
Origin Unknown is being directed by Hasraf “HaZ’” Dullul (Project Kronos, Sync), an award-nominated visual effects artist (Hellboy II, The Dark Knight) who recently signed on to direct the much-anticipated Robin Hood reboot, Robin Hood 2058. While simultaneously directing music videos and commercials, HaZ transitioned into scripted fare with his sci-fi short film Project Kronos, which became an Internet hit on YouTube and Vimeo.
The screenplay for Origin Unknown is written by Gary Hall based on a story by Dulull. The director of photography is Adam Sculthorp (aerial unit on Prometheus, Spectre). The VFX will be handled by Territory Studio (The Martian, Guardians of the Galaxy, Blade Runner 2, Alien Covenant), Paddy Eason is the VFX Supervisor (28 Weeks Later, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), and Michael Stevens (Million Dollar Baby, Invictus, Gran Torino) will compose.
Content’s Jamie Carmichael said,
“We love the elevated sci-fi space, and Origin Unknown has all the elements to succeed – a strong high concept idea, a great cast, a great creative team, and a very impressive new directing talent in HaZ. We’re really excited to bring this to the market.”
Principal photography begins later this month in London, UK. Origin Unknown is being financed by Head Gear Films and Parkgate Entertainment; Phil Hunt and Compton Ross of Head Gear Films are Executive Producers on the project.
Anis Shlewet from Parkgate Entertainment said:
“We are really excited about working with HaZ on Origin Unknown; he is a major filmmaking talent, as proven by his short films, which demonstrate his style of grounded, visceral, and intelligent sci-fi storytelling. We are equally excited to be partnering with Coffee & Cigarettes, who are managing the film’s marketing and publicity.”
Origin Unknown marks a partnership between Parkgate Entertainment (a production company) and Coffee & Cigarettes (a producer’s representative and distribution consultancy). Tom Clark and Eduardo Panizzo are representing the film and executive producing.
The following concept teaser was released by the production team on Vimeo last year