After originally dropping the film due to Covid-related insurance issues, Lionsgate has reacquired the Gerard Butler action-thriller, The Plane. The film almost went to Solstice Studios, but the final details of the deal couldn’t be agreed on, and so, the project is back in Lionsgate’s hands according to a report from Deadline.
Blood Father director Jean-Francois Richet is helming the film, which is based on a book by Charles Cumming, using a script from JP Davis and Cumming. The Plane stars Butler as a pilot named Ray Torrance who heroically lands his storm-damaged aircraft, only to find himself and the plane’s passengers in the middle of hostile territory. As they await help, Torrance must rise to the occasion and keep his passengers safe.
“We have always been big believers in this movie as well as huge fans of Gerry and everyone involved, so we could not be more thrilled to be back as the distributor,” said Lionsgate’s President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Jason Constantine. “We’re so, so glad that everything worked out in the end, and the movie is back with Lionsgate.”
It isn’t the only film that’s leaving Solstice Studios either. The Mark Wahlberg-led drama Good Joe Bell was just recently re-routed to Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment. It’s not clear when we’ll see The Plane release, but production is apparently set to begin this summer in Puerto Rico.