Morten Tyldum Directing Exit West

Morten Tyldum

by James White |
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When they haven't been busy wrangling 732 characters on screen for the two new Avengers films, Joe and Anthony Russo have spent time setting up a production company and striking deals with other filmmakers for new movies. Their latest collaboration will be with Passengers director Morten Tyldum, who is on to make Exit West.

The Imitation Game director is on board to adapt Moshin Hamid's bestseller, which finds a young man named Saeed fleeing an unnamed country with a woman named Nadia when Saeed's mother is killed by a stray bullet and their city is torn apart by clashes between the government and guerillas.

Joining a mass of fellow migrants fleeing war zones, they pass through a crowded camp on the Greek Island of Mykonos and end up, via a stop in London, in California. There, their relationship is tested by the struggle to find food and shelter.

Tyldum seems happy with the new arrangement. "Joe and Anthony are phenomenal storytellers with a bold and unique vision for their company and the kind of films they and their team want to produce," he says in a statement picked up by Deadline. "As a filmmaker, it feels like coming home and I couldn’t be more thrilled for what we can make together." The Russos have a deal with Fox to distribute what they produce and earlier this year picked up the rights to handle the next film from Swiss Army Man duo the Daniels.

As for their own work, Avengers: Infinity War arrives on 27 April next year, with the follow-up landing in April 2019.

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