Nesher files ‘Tax’

Writer-director Avi Nesher has just made two high-profile deals for his services at Universal/Imagine Entertainment and Cinevision.

First up for Nesher, who wrote and directed MGM’s 1992 film, “Timebomb,” is “The Straw Man,” which he will write for Imagine.

The story, based on an idea by company president David T. Friendly, is described as a real-life thriller about a man who builds up a company and then has to defend it against a mob takeover.

Nesher also just sold his spec script, “The Tax Man,” which was bought by Peter Hoffman and Stefan Ahrenberg’s Cinevisions. The project which is said to be on a fast development track, will be directed by Nesher.

“The Tax Man” is a thriller based on a true story of an IRS worker who takes on a very large real-life case.

While financial figures for the two deals — brokered by Nesher’s agent, David Gersh of the Gersh Agency — were not available, sources said the writer-director is being paid a “substantial six-figure” sum for the Imagine project.

Sources also said that Nesher received $ 200,000 for “The Tax Man” script and will receive a “high six-figure” fee for his directing services if the project goes into production.

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