It's not every director that can score a big cast based on the strength of their short films. But news arrives via Deadline that Jonathan and Josh Baker are expanding one of their previous shorts into Kin, and have landed Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age Of Extinction), James Franco (127 Hours), Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow) to star.
The original short, Bag Man, premiered at SXSW last year and drew praise, which has led to a deal with Shawn Levy's (Real Steel) 21 Laps company and No Trace Camping, the production company behind Room (2015).
Kin will expand on the basic concept of the short, following a recently released ex-convict and his adopted younger brother, who must go on the run. They are pursued by Franco's vengeful criminal type and, because this is a science fiction thriller, they also have to contend not just with the authorities, but a legion of otherworldly soldiers. To secure their safety, they are going to need help from a fellow runaway (Kravitz) and a weird weapon. As for Quaid, he will be the father of our heroes.
Daniel Casey (The Passage) wrote the script for this one, and the cameras should be rolling later this month.