Dave Bautista’s Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Universe’s Most Wanted’ Sells to STX

Rebecca Rubin
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STXfilms has nabbed rights to “Universe’s Most Wanted,” a sci-fi fantasy adventure starring Dave Bautista.

It will release the film in the United States, the United Kingdom and India. STX acquired “Universe’s Most Wanted” from AGC Studios and CAA Media Finance.

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“Universe’s Most Wanted” is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to begin shooting in Melbourne, Australia in late July. The movie centers on a small town that gets a big surprise when a spaceship carrying the universe’s most wanted and dangerous criminals crash lands in their backyard. Soon the sheriff and his son become heroes when they find themselves helping an intergalactic peacekeeper (Bautista) to keep the ragtag group of alien prisoners from escaping and taking over the world.

The deal reunites Bautista with the studio that backed his recent film, the family comedy “My Spy.” However, STX sold to Amazon Prime amid the pandemic so the movie didn’t play in theaters. STX also worked with AGC Studios on the upcoming movie “Queenpins,” a comedy with Kristin Bell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Vince Vaughn and Bebe Rexha.

“It’s a thrill to be working with old and new friends on this movie,” said Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms Motion Picture Group. “After successfully collaborating with Dave Bautista on ‘My Spy’ and with AGC on our upcoming comedy ‘Queenpins,’ it’s great to be back in business with these frequent collaborators. And we’re enormously excited to be working with Brad Peyton, whose proven talent for creating action-packed, fun adventures with plenty of comedy will make this movie a must-see event.”

Stuart Ford, chairman of AGC studios, added, “We’re thrilled at STX’s passion for ‘Universe’s Most Wanted’ and look forward to working alongside Adam, Sam, and the team as we move towards production and hopefully enable Brad and the team to make an exciting movie.”

Brad Peyton (“Rampage,” “San Andreas”) will direct “Universe’s Most Wanted” from a screenplay by F. Scott Frazier (“xXx: Return of Xander Cage”) and Jimmy Loweree.

Producers on the film include Peyton’s company ASAP Entertainment, as well as Bautista’s production company Dream Bros Entertainment. It will also be produced by AGC Studios. AGC’s Miguel Palos Jr. and Linda McDonough are executive producing alongside Carsten Lorenz.

Peyton and Bautista are both repped by CAA.

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