Tim Blake Nelson may be a celebrated actor, but he’s also been known to occasionally occupy a director’s chair for some low-key projects. However, the scope of Nelson’s directorial resume is about to grow when he tackles a film project, called Michael Zero.
Millennium Media and Eclectic Pictures has selected Tim Blake Nelson to direct Michael Zero, a movie manifesting as a high-concept sci-fi action thriller, reports Deadline. The story – which will see Nelson working off a spec script by Adam Alleca (The Cell, The Last House on the Left) – centers on protagonist Michael Redmayne, the template of a clone army, who has been tasked with hunting down his genetic progeny after they have gone off the reservation to wage a rebellion against the Corporate State who instigated their creation. – At this point, it is unknown if Nelson himself will have a role in the film.
Michael Zero‘s complement of producers include executive producers such as Millennium’s Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jeffrey Greenstein, Jonathon Yunger, Vincent Cheng and Conor Charles. Onboard as producers are Eclectic Pictures’ Heidi Jo Markel and Millennium Media’s Mat O’Toole, along with Electric’s co-producing duo of Cem Gursel and John Yarincik.
Nelson, a prolific actor, who’s probably best known for co-starring in the Coen Brothers’ celebrated 2000 adventure comedy, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, last served as a director for the 2015 television pilot, Z: The Beginning of Everything. Before that, he wrote/directed efforts such as 2016 crime thriller, Anesthesia, Edward Norton-starring 2009 comedy Leaves of Grass, and served solely as director for the 2001 war drama The Grey Zone and the 2001 modernized Shakespeare movie, O. He made his directorial debut with the 1997 crime drama, Eye of God, which he also wrote.
Of course, Nelson’s Michael Zero directorial gig will be completed by upcoming acting appearances in projects such as Olympus Has Fallen threequel Angel Has Fallen, writer/director Chris Poche’s Don Quixote, James Franco-directed drama The Long Home, along with the Anne Hathaway/Rebel Wilson-led Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake movie, The Hustle. Additionally, Nelson reunites with the Coen Brothers, starring as the singing cowboy title character in their upcoming Netflix anthology series, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
There’s no word yet on when we can expect Michael Zero.