Darren Lynn Bousman will tackle the indie film, with Joe Di Maio and Aaron Ray to produce the project.
Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed several of the Saw movies, is attached to helm Apex, an indie sci-fi action project from 2511 Productions.
Described as Predator meets Call of Duty, the plot tells of a Special Ops team sent to obtain a WMD from North Korea that is transported to another world. The team then finds themselves pitted against a dangerous alien race.
James E. Cavanaugh conceived the idea and wrote the screenplay with an eye on current scientific trends in physics and biology.
Apex is being produced by 2511 Productions in association with Ambiance Pictures. Producing are Joe Di Maio, whose credits include Kid Cannibis and The Last Call, and Aaron Ray, who was involved with the V/H/S anthology horror movies and whose credits include Big Momma's House and the Michael Douglas drama Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. Cavanaugh will also produce.
The producers, who are looking at Apex as a transmedia property, hope to reveal key art and alien designs timed to this year's Comic-Con.
Bousman's trio of Saw movies (numbers II, III, and IV) grossed over $440 million worldwide, and the director is also behind the cult movies Repo! The Genetic Opera and The Devil's Carnival.
Bousman sees Apex as "a love letter to the sci-fi films I grew up watching with my dad, such as Alien,Predator, Enemy Mine, Tremors. But I also want it to have the more modern feel of some of the recent video games I am currently playing, like Halo and Call of Duty."
Bousman said he wants to meld 1980s movies-style action with the reality and details seen in such war films such as Lone Survivor.
"This can be a balls-to-the-walls action fantasy and it's franchisable outside of the movie universe," said Bousman. "There is a whole world to explore with Apex."
He is repped by Verve, Zero Gravity Management and Skrzyniarz and Mallean.