New Line Cinema has wooed John Woo’s next pic away from a slew of bidders, landing the untitled action bonanza about a Florida cop tied up with the mob.
The indie paid Woo a seven-figure price, sources said Wednesday, to churn out the untitled mafia yarn, which is based on the true story of a Broward County sheriff who went deep under cover into the Florida drug rings.
The deal was reportedly made from a two-page treatment.
Producers for the pic are John Langley and Malcolm Barbour (co-creators of TV’s “Cops” and “Code 3”) and Terence Chang, who produced four of Woo’s earlier films, including co-producing “Hard Target.”
Roger Avary, who wrote and directed “Killing Zoe” and co-penned “Pulp Fiction” with Quentin Tarantino, will script.
The deal was brokered by William Morris agents Chris Godsick and Mike Simpson for Woo and Avary, and New Line’s prexy of production Michael De Luca.
No talent has been attached. “A number of people were interested in this picture,” said Godsick. “It was a question of commitment, financial commitment, and the level of desire to make this picture. The combination of Woo and Avary is very attractive to a lot of studios.”
Though no budgets have been discussed, sources place the pic in the $ 10 mil to $ 20 mil range.
New Line has already pledged, under new owner Turner Broadcasting Systems, to produce five high-budget pix in the $ 30 mil range.
Chang added that New Line was attractive for the helmer because it was one of the few American companies that solicited Woo in his early years.