THR reports today that Briana "Daughter of B.J. and the Bear's Greg" Evigan has been cast as the lead in Burning Bright—a Born Free meets When A Stranger Calls thriller from Sobini Films in which "a woman wakes in the midst of a hurricane to find a tiger roaming through the home, [and is] forced to drag her autistic young brother through the house in a desperate attempt at survival." As if that isn't intriguing enough, an operative points out that two paragraphs from the end comes this curious statement, which has since gone missing from the online version:
Sobini Films has a first-look deal with Lionsgate, which is said to be unaware of the tiger story line.
We were as shocked as they were, for while it would be unrealistic of a mid-size studio like Lionsgate to keep tabs on every logline greenlit by its various producing partners, something about the cracked-out premise and they-can't-be-serious title of this particular project—which producers promise will do for wet, hungry tigers what Deep Blue Sea did for genetically modified smart-sharks—really should have raised some red flags of the "are these Sobini people playing with all 52?" variety down by Colorado Ave. HQ.