Producer Mace Neufeld, who’s overseen the Jack Ryan franchise and “Omen” films, is ramping up development of WWII thriller “Pursuit.”
Nesim Hason’s New Films International is financing and producing the $45 million project.
The script, penned by the team of Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement, is set in 1944 when the Nazi high command — knowing that the war is all but lost — launch a desperate attempt to crush the Allies’ morale and turn the tide by springing a German assassin from a POW camp in Washington state with the target of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Neufeld says the project marks the beginning of finance and development relationship with Hason.
NFI has also come on board to finance James Franco’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury,” which recently wrapped production in Princeton, N.J., following shoots in Mississippi in the fall and Los Angeles in the winter.
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