Magazine article Screen International

Hot Property Preps Sci-Fi 'Piper'; 'Identicals' Scores UK Deal

Magazine article Screen International

Hot Property Preps Sci-Fi 'Piper'; 'Identicals' Scores UK Deal

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London-based Hot Property Films has revealed details of a new sci-fiproject in development and a UK deal for psychological thriller Identicals (aka Brand New-U).

The production company, founded by producer Janine Marmot and BAFTA-winning writer-director Simon Pummell, has begun work on Piper. The sci-fistory is set on an abandoned space station and explores what happens when artificial intelligence creates new links between human and animal.

This is on top of the previously announced Dogfight, based a short story by cult sci-fiwriter William Gibson, co-written with Michael Swanwick, that will be directed by Pummell. The film centres on a fighter who struggles to make good in a future world of illegal 'simulated sensorium' boxing and holographic gaming.

It marks the latest move into sci-fifor Hot Property, having previously made thriller Identicals, released in the US by Samuel Goldwyn Films on March 25. …

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