Variety has learned that The Perfect Guy’s David M. Rosenthal has closed a deal to helm action thriller How It Ends for Sierra Pictures.
Working from a script from Brooks McClaren, the director’s latest project is set against the end of days. When an apocalyptic event inexplicably brings the nation to its knees, a young father goes through Hell and high water in order make it home to his pregnant wife, who just so happens to be on the other side of the country.
Developing and financing the project is Sierra Pictures, while Paul Schiff Productions are attached to produce – a responsibility the banner will leverage with Sierra’s executive producer Nick Meyer. Meanwhile, Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales of the apocalyptic drama and love story.
After finding success with The Perfect Guy – which pulled in $57 million off the back of a $12 million budget in September – Rosenthal is now ready to tackle an entirely different genre with How It Ends. Granted, the core premise isn’t exactly original, not to mention the fact that a similar story has been done before – and done well. From A Boy and His Dog to John Hillcoat’s adaptation of The Road and everything in between. Then again, Sierra Pictures’ feature will largely hinge on the actors the studio chooses to cast in the film’s primary roles, particularly the young father.
How It Ends is still very much in the early stages of development, though with David M. Rosenthal instated at the helm, Sierra’s apocalyptic feature can begin picking up steam.