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Exclusive: eOne has nabbed UK rights to Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi script from FilmNation.

eOne has secured UK rights to Jeff Nichols’ anticipated next feature Midnight Special, which as previously reported, is being backed and largely distributed by Warner Bros.

Regular collaborators Nichols and actor Michael Shannon are re-teaming on the sci-fi chase film which Nichols has written and will direct. eOne acquired from FilmNation.

The duo have worked together on all three of Nichols’ directorial outings - Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud, which eOne released in the UK on May 10.

Midnight Special marks the acclaimed directors’ first studio film.

Terrence Malick regular Sarah Green, who also produced Mud, will produce with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. Both were executives on Take Shelter. Glen Basner and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos are executive producers.

Speaking at Sundance London, Nichols described Midnight Special as a “sci-fi chase film”.

“It’s more grounded than [Mud]. I really wanted to make a 1980s John Carpenter film like »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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