16 December 2016
Victoria continues its run of attracting ambitious productions with today's announcement that writer and director Leigh Whannell will shoot his new sci-fi thriller Stem in Melbourne.
Stem is set in a near-future where technology controls everything. The film tells the story of a technophobe driven to avenge his wife's murder with the help of an experimental computer chip implant called 'Stem'. US actor Logan Marshall Green (Prometheus, Spider-Man: Homecoming) will star.
In association with Goalpost Pictures Australia and Blumhouse Productions, the prodigious filmmaker will direct the film which will be shot largely at Docklands Studios Melbourne and surrounding locations. The film is slated for a US release in 2017.
Whannell, who studied filmmaking at RMIT, has also written the screenplay, building on his blockbuster credits as co-creator of the Saw franchise and writer, actor, and later director, of the Insidious film series.
The announcement follows the filming of HBO and Warner Bros. series The Leftovers in Melbourne earlier this year.