2929 Prods. president Marc Butan is in final negotiations for John Stockwell to direct Joshua Zetumer's thriller screenplay Villain, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 2929 will produce the film, scheduled for an early 2007 start, with Lynette Howell and Doug Dey of Silverwood Films ("Half Nelson"). The project reunites 2929 with Stockwell ("Crazy/Beautiful"), who last year directed their horror thriller "Turistas," starring Josh Duhamel. Fox Atomic will release the film Dec. 1. After seeing "Turistas," 2929 wanted to keep Stockwell in the family, said Butan, who hopes that the director will deliver "a commercial, upscale, edge-of-your-seat thriller." In "Villain," a forest-fire spotter with a secret is visited by his crazy brother in the remote, frozen wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.