Know Rules Media taps Akan Satayev to direct Hacker

The $5 million theatrical feature will shoot later this year in Toronto, New York, Dubai and Bangkok (Satayev pictured).

Loudon Owen’s film production shingle Know Rules Media has tapped Kazakhstan director Akan Satayev to direct its upcoming under $5 million English-language picture Hacker.

Satayev lensed Kazakhstan’s best foreign language film entries Strayed and Myn Bala.

Hacker, which tells the story of a young immigrant kid who gets involved with a cyber criminal organization, is based on a story written by Satayev and Timur Zhaxylykov, Satayev’s long-­‐time writing collaborator.

The script was penned by Sanzhar Sultanov, who runs Toronto-based Know Rules Media. The company is to coproduce Hacker with Satayev’s SataiFilm.

Brillstein Entertainment Partners will executive produce, helping with packaging the project, now in pre-production.

Production on Hacker is set to start in late fall 2013, with filming locations in New York, Toronto, Dubai and Bangkok.