With zombie movies long since played out, Colm McCarthy's The Girl with All the Gifts proved to be a breath of fresh air, marking him as a director to keep a close watch on. And now with his second project being lined up and a star like James McAvoy attached to it, that probably isn't going to be a problem.
McAvoy, who is coming off the huge and somewhat surprising success of Split (which has spawned an anticipated sequel), will star in Escape, which McCarthy will direct from Vanya Asher's Black List script. McAvoy plays a professor in Sarajevo who risks all to stay behind and continue teaching while his family flees the battleground the city has become. But as the fighting escalates his chance to be reunited with them dwindles, and he must fight his way out. The story is based on the experiences of Asher's family who lived in Sarajevo until 1992 when the city was besieged during the Bosnian War.
Compelling stuff, and gets McAvoy from playing psychopathic killers and telepathic cult leaders (Let's keep it real about Xavier, okay?) for a while. [Deadline]