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CITY STATE Remake Penned by LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER Scribes -

The writing duo behind 2001′s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider feature has been tapped to remake the Icelandic thriller, City State for New Regency.  Patrick Massett and John Zinman will pen the new version of Olaf de Fleur Johannesson’s 2011 feature.  We previously reported that directorJames Mangold (Walk the Line) would be moving onto City State after wrapping on The Wolverine.The story of City State follows four characters caught in the cross-hairs of a drug syndicate and juggles “a crooked police captain in love with a prostitute, an aging crime boss with a heart condition looking to get out of the game alive, a mechanic determined to avenge the death of his unborn child, and a female cop who is attacked by thugs and takes matters into her own hands.”  Hit the jump for more on City State.

Variety reports that Massett and Zinman will relocate the Icelandic original to a Stateside setting.  The duo, who previously worked together on the television series Friday Night LightsCaprica and The Finder, also recently submitted a 2010 Black List script, Gold, concerning securities exchange fraud in the U.S. Michael Mann and Paul Haggis are teamed up to direct and produce that project, respectively.  

EOne grabs U.K., Canada rights to ‘City State’

variety mag

EOne has acquired U.K. and Canada rights to Olaf de Fleur’s “City State,” a crime thriller that has been snapped up for international distribution by Hengameh Panahi’s Gallic sales-production house Celluloid Dreams.

Panahi is also bringing “City State” sequel “Brave Men’s Blood” to the Cannes Market.

The eOne buy, Celluloid Dreams’ double pickup and other early reactions to “City State” — including negotiations for a U.S. remake with a view to James Mangold (“Knight and Day”) directing — mark Iceland’s de Fleur (“The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela”) as a talent to track.

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