SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 | 10:00PM PT
Clique Pictures has tapped “XX”director Jovanka Vuckovic to helm the post-apocalyptic feature film “Riot Girls.”
The story, scripted by Katherine Collins, is set in a world where adults have mysteriously died and resources are scarce with a teenage girl called to action when her brother is captured by rivals and set to be executed. Joined by the girl who has always loved her and the boy who wants to love her, the threesome tear through the crumbling suburbs on a violent road marked by betrayal, sexual discovery, and brutal justice.
“’Riot Girls’ isn’t a simple post apocalypse tale, a violent survivalist horror story, a queer romance, or a kids adventure film — it’s all of those things blended together beautifully,” Vuckovic said.
Vuckovic won the 2012 Fantasia Film Festival Best Short award for “The Captured Bird,” which was executive produced by Guillermo del Toro. She also wrote and directed a segment for “XX,” the all-female horror anthology produced by XYZ Films, and is scheduled to direct the feature adaptation of Clive Barker’s “Jacqueline Ess” as well as her own thriller “All My Heroes Are Dead.”
Collins is currently working on the upcoming Netflix series “Lost In Space,” to be directed by Neil Marshall.
“Riot Girls” is currently casting. “With such an original and evocative story paired with Jovanka’s incredible talent and clear vision for ‘Riot Girls,’ I am excited to have her bring these characters and world to life,” said Lauren Grant of Clique Pictures.
The company produced the family drama “Surfacing” and the documentary “Traceable.”
The project was announced Thursday on the opening day of the Toronto Film Festival.