Salma Hayek has inked a deal to star in Everly, according to a Friday report from Deadline.
The website noted that Joe Lynch would direct from a Black List script by Yale Hannon, and that filming would begin this summer in Belgrade, Serbia.
Described as an “intense action thriller,” the plot will focus on a down-and-out woman (Hayek, we presume), who must fight off an army of assassins sent by her mob boss ex-husband. The hook with this script is that the entire thing takes place in one room.
Yale Hannon’s screenplay is the writer’s first feature to sell, though Hannon’s resume is extensive when it comes to television, dating back to 1999. Major credits include script coordinator work on the series Parenthood, Big Love, In Treatment, Nurses, Vanished, and Strong Medicine.
Director Lynch’s credits go back to 1999 as well, though he appears to be more seasoned than Hannon with the feature film format. His first directing job was with Wrong Turn 2: Dead End in 2007. He followed that with a segment of the anthology horror film Chillerama in 2011 and Knights of Badassdom (coming later in 2013).
Lynch has also served as executive producer on this year’s Something Real and Good and a number of acclaimed shorts.
Not much clue on when Everly could begin filming, but Salma Hayek has a mostly clean slate to work from, with Grown Ups 2 in production with a target release date of 2013, according to IMDb. She’s also producing and providing voice work on The Prophet for next year.
For the most part, however, she’s content with the role of homemaker:
Hayek has spoken more about motherhood and personal growth issues lately than she has her film career, admitting that she enjoys taking care of her daughter more than acting.
Her last film was the marginal success Here Comes the Boom opposite King of Queens funny-man Kevin James. The comedy grossed just north of $73 million worldwide, so Everly will be a stark change of pace.
Would you like to see Salma Hayek more active on the silver screen, and what do you think of Everly‘s one-setting format?