Cohen ‘Dives’ into Fox thriller

Rob Cohen, who directed “Dragonheart” and “Daylight,” has been set to direct “New York Dive” for Fox 2000 and producer Adam Fields, sources said.

“New York Dive,” which was originally written by Peter Iliff (“Point Break,” “Patriot Games”), is a treasure-hunt thriller set among New York’s finest scuba diving squad —- the elite group in the NYPD whose jurisdiction is beneath the surface of every body of water in New York, from the rivers to the boat pond in Central Park. The story was from an original idea by Fields.

“I love the idea of this elite squad of dive cops who basically get involved in a treasure hunt off of Manhattan. I like the underwater challenges it presents,” said Cohen. “In ‘Daylight’ we began to explore the CGI aspects of underwater (photography). I hope to take that further and be able to create the storms that occur around the Hell’s Gate area. It’s both a good character story and has a new technical dimension.”

Cohen has pushed the envelope in f/x for his past two films. “Dragonheart” received an Academy Award nomination for special effects. “It’s a chance to take the CGI (tools) to create underwater adventures and scenes we haven’t seen before,” he said. The filmmakers plan to use the underwater Rosarito facility built for “Titanic” for an early 1998 shoot.

The project is undergoing a production polish by Chris Crowe, who co-wrote “Last of the Mohicans” with Michael Mann and wrote “Fear” for Universal.

Fields has a first-look deal with Fox 2000, which is run by Laura Ziskin. Kevin McCormick is the exec on “New York Dive.” Fields is currently producing “Brokedown Palace,” with Carl Franklin directing “Romeo and Juliet’s” Claire Danes. Cohen was repped in the deal by UTA’s Andrew Cannava.

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