Simon Fellows will direct the film, based on the book by Alan K. Barker.
The story is inspired by true events from 1959 when nine students died while ski-hiking in the Ural mountains. The unsolved mystery saw the group tear open their tent from the inside and leave barefoot in a heavy snowstorm. Though there was no sign of a struggle, two victims had fractured skulls, one was missing her tongue and clothing belonging to the victims contained high levels of radiation.
Soviet investigators concluded that "a compelling unknown force" had caused their deaths.
The production is anticipated to shoot next summer in Eastern Europe.
Andy Briggs has recently written THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT for the SyFy Channel and is also writing two feature films for Amber Entertainment.