Muniz, Foster, Armstrong Try To ‘Stay Alive’

Frankie Muniz, Jon Foster and Samaire Armstrong will topline the horror thriller “Stay Alive.” Spyglass Entertainment is boarding the project as a producer and financier.

Spyglass will jointly finance and produce the film with Endgame Entertainment in exchange for worldwide rights. McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision shingle also is producing.

Marking a departure from his “Agent Cody Banks'” films, Muniz is set to play computer nerd Swink Sylvania; Armstrong will play Abigail; and Foster plays the lead, Hutch, a handsome video gamer with a secret.

Brent Bell will direct from a script by Bell and Matthew Peterman that follows a group of young friends in New Orleans who reconnect for the funeral of a friend who died while playing a video game called “Stay Alive.” They discover that the murders are being acted out in real life by the spirit of a local legend that might have come through the game with murderous intentions.

“We are excited to be making this film with Jim Stern and McG and the director,” Spyglass chiefs Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber said in a statement. “We have flirted with doing a genre horror film for a long time and waited for the right one with potential for breakout on a worldwide basis.”

“We are thrilled to be producing the film and to be able to work with Gary and Roger and McG and Peter (Schlessel), and think it’s a great project,” Endgame’s Stern said.

The producers on the project are McG, Schlessel, Barber, Birnbaum, Stern, Peterman and Bell. The co-producers are David Manpearl, Erin Stam, Anna Mastro and Stephanie Savage. Adam Del Deo is serving as executive producer with Jonathan Glickman and Doug Hansen. The film starts shooting next month in Louisiana.

Muniz is repped by Michael Rotenberg at 3Arts and ICM. His credits include “Deuces Wild” and “Big Fat Liar.”

Armstrong is represented by ICM, her manager is Loch Powell at Leverage Management and her attorney is Rick Genow at Stone Meyer Genow. Her credits include “The O.C.” and “Entourage,” and she is shooting “Just My Luck” opposite Lindsay Lohan.

Foster is repped by WMA and Ken Jacobson. His credits include “The Door in the Floor” and “life as we know it” and the upcoming pilot “Ticket to Ride.”

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