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Lionsgate Nabs Online Thriller ‘XOXO’

Following months of negotiations, Lionsgate has closed a deal to acquire Black Swan scribe Mark Heyman‘s spec script XOXO, an elevated genre tale set in the world of Facebook, where things aren’t always as they seem, reports Variety.

Darren Aronofsky and Michael London (Sideways) will produce through their respective shingles Protozoa Pictures and Groundswell Prods.

Described as Fatal Attraction for the digital age, “story follows an on-the-rise executive who despite being engaged, enjoys flirting online, where he meets an alluring woman on Facebook. The two begin a virtual relationship, but as the line between online temptations and real-life possibilities begins to blur, the protag soon discovers that his Internet relationship is seeping into his actual life … in a deadly way.

Like Lionsgate’s own 2005 thriller Hard Candy, XOXO explores misleading digital identities, as the film also makes use of streaming video and other social-media platforms. These online interactions will be made more cinematic by employing stylized visual sequences, though no director has been brought on board yet.



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