“Gotham” star Ben McKenzie and “Instinct” actress Bojana Novakovic are attached to star in the new J-horror film “Bloat,” according to what Variety revealed.
Produced by Bazelevs, the production banner of Screenlife pioneer Timur Bekmambetov (“Unfriended,” “Searching,” “Profile”), “Bloat” is a co-production with Russian streaming platform Okko, French production and sales house Pulsar Content (“The Deep House”), and Japanese production company flag Co., Ltd.
Filming has already started in New York and will continue in Japan. Pic marks the first time Okko has co-financed an international production. Pulsar Content will handle international sales and is launching pre-sales at the European Film Market.
“Bloat” stars McKenzie as a military officer stationed in Turkey while his wife (Novakovic) is vacationing in Japan with their kids. During the stay, their younger son almost drowns in a lake. Soon after the accident, the parents realize that something is wrong with their boy.
The movie is written and directed by Tokyo-based horror filmmaker Pablo Absento. McKenzie and Absento are producing alongside Bekmambetov, Maria Zatulovskaya and Anna Shalashina from Bazelevs; Gilles Sousa and Marie Garrett from Pulsar Content; Hiroko Oda from flag Co., Ltd; and Dzhanik Fayziev from Okko. The Fantasia Film Festival’s artistic director Mitch Davis and Aleksandr Fomin are associate producers.
“Bloat” is the second joint project between Bekmambetov’s production company Bazelevs and Pulsar Content. Their inaugural partnership, the sci-fi thriller “Resurrected,” starring “The Vigil” actor Dave Davis and directed by Egor Baranov (“Gogol”), is set to premiere later this year.