U.S. studio Lionsgate says it has acquired the rights to "XOXO," a thriller from the filmmaking team of the Oscar-winning ballet drama "Black Swan."
The announcement was made Friday by Joe Drake, president of Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group, and Alli Shearmur and Mike Paseornek, presidents of Motion Picture Development and Production, who will be overseeing the production at the studio.
The script was written by Mark Heyman. Michael London will be producing the movie based on it with Darren Aronofsky and Scott Franklin through their respective production companies Groundswell Productions and Protozoa Pictures. Aronofsky and Franklin previously worked with Heyman on "Black Swan."
Groundswell's Kelly Mullen ushered the project into the company and will be involved in a producing capacity.
The movie is described as "Fatal Attraction" for the digital age.
"Engaged and on-the-rise young executive Will Campbell clandestinely flirts online and meets an alluring woman on Facebook," a synopsis said. "He begins a virtual relationship with her, but as the line between online temptations and real-life possibilities begins to blur, Will soon discovers that his Internet relationship is seeping into his real life, in a deadly way."
"The script that Mark has written for 'XOXO' has that same winning combination of polish and urgency that made 'Black Swan' so special," Drake said in a statement. "'XOXO' is a high-class, intense thriller but it also has a strong youth appeal and a distinctly contemporary feel. Michael London and Darren Aronofsky are the perfect producing partners for us on this incredibly tense thriller."