Bart Layton will write and direct the heist film American Animals starring Evan Peters.
Co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film, the film, which is based on a true story, will be a Raw production, produced by Katherine Butler, Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger and Mary Jane Skalski. Executive Producers of the project are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik via the AI Film banner; David Kosse; Film4’s Sam Lavender and Daniel Battsek; and Tory Metzger via the Lava Bear Films banner. Principal photography of the film is slated to begin early 2017 in the US. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales of the project starting at this year’s American Film Market.
The unbelievable but mostly true story of four young men who mistook their lives for a movie and attempted one of the most audacious heists in US history; American Animals takes the thrill of the heist genre and turns it inside out, blurring the line between truth and fiction in a wild story of money, movies and the search for meaning.
Layton directed the film The Imposter in 2012 to huge critical acclaim. It fused documentary and drama in a completely innovative way, premiered at Sundance and went on to win a slew of awards including the BAFTA Best Debut Film, the BIFA Best Documentary and Best Debut film and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. The Imposter, which was also financed by Film4, became one of the most successful documentaries ever at the UK box office.
Peters is acclaimed for his starring role as the character Quicksilver in X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Days Of Future Past. He has also received critical attention for his recurring lead character across all six seasons of multi-award winning hit television series American Horror Story. His other film credits include Elvis And Nixon and Kick-Ass.