Two of 2022’s kings of summer, Miles Top Gun Teller and Scott The Black Phone Derrickson, are joining forces for Skydance’s upcoming genre-bending love story The Gorge.
According to Deadline Whiplash star Teller is in final negotiations to headline The Gorge, having taken his time selecting his first project following Top Gun: Maverick‘s $1.4 billion (and counting) box-office success. He’ll be in good company with the film’s director Derrickson, who guided The Black Phone to critical praise and $155 million worldwide, all off a reported budget of $18 million.
The Gorge is based on a spec script from Zach Dean, who wrote the really-rather-good The Tomorrow War. The film has been an internal project at Skydance for some time now after the studio won a bidding war for the script in the fall of 2020. The logline and any details on the film are being kept under wraps, but is described as “a high-action, genre-bending love story.”
Derrickson’s production company Crooked Highway will join Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger as producers. The filmmaker’s creative partners C. Robert Cargill and Sherryl Clark will also produce through Crooked Company as well as Dean and Adam Kolbrenner.