The pair previously worked together on Mackenzie’s 2018 Robert the Bruce drama Outlaw King, which followed heist drama Hell or High Water.
Written by Ben Hopkins, Fuze opens on the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb in a London construction site, sparking a mass evacuation, which the serves as perfect cover for a heist.
‘I had the idea of combining all the high stakes of an unexploded bomb with that of a bank robbery – clashing these two genres to create as much pressure as possible in a context that feels as real as possible. Ben Hopkins took those ingredients and cooked up the compelling script that we are now taking into production,” said Mackenzie.
The film is produced by Gillian Berrie (Outlaw King, Tetris) for Sigma Films and Sebastien Raybaud (The End We Start From, Greenland) and Callum Grant (Jackdaw, Cleaner) for Anton.
Giles Nuttgens joins Mackenzie’s creative team as director of photography after previously collaborating together on Hell or High Water.
’Together David Mackenzie and DP, Giles Nuttgens are dynamos. Just add Aaron Taylor-Johnson and we have the Midas touch for this whirlwind movie,” said Berrie.
Anton is financing and will be selling the world rights at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin and will present a sizzle reel for the film.
David is uniquely talented at pairing large-scale filmmaking with truly unique characters. FUZE melds the relentless tension of a bomb movie to the heist genre,” said Anton’s Raybaud and Grant.
UTA Independent Film Group and WME Independent will co-rep the US rights with Anton.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, WME and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, LLP. David Mackenzie is repped by UTA, United Agents in London, and Alan Wertheimer and Kim Jaime. Gillian Berrie is repped by UTA, United Agents in London, and Alan Wertheimer and Kim Jaime. Giles Nuttgens is repped by UTA.