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Jackson helms Fox’s ‘Canon’

Mick Jackson, who last directed “Volcano” for Fox 2000, has been tapped to direct the company’s “Josiah’s Canon.” The film is being produced by Adam Fields.

A number of filmmakers have been circling the project, and Jackson passed on directing Oliver Stone’s “Blameless” to take the reins of “Canon.”

“Josiah’s Canon” is a dramatic heist story about a Holocaust survivor who leads the world’s foremost team of bank robbers. The criminal mastermind sets his sights on an impenetrable bank in Switzerland which purportedly houses money deposited by Weimar Jews who were subsequently killed in concentration camps.

The project may have gained more urgency recently with the world’s attention focused on Swiss banks’ dealings with the Nazis.

The project, which was brought in on spec last year for $225,000 against $600,000 from writer Jeff King, is on the fast track at the label. The project is going out to talent in the coming week.

Fox 2000’s exec VP Alex Gartner brought the project into the label.

This is the second project in the past three days to move forward for producer Fields. On Thursday, Rob Cohen came aboard to direct “New York Dive,” which is also on the fast track for an early 1998 start (Daily Variety, May 30). He is currently in pre-production on the Carl Franklin-directed “Brokedown Palace,” starring Claire Danes.

Jackson previously directed “The Bodyguard,” which starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Jackson’s deal was negotiated by ICM’s Martha Luttrell, Nick Reed and attorney Mark Gochman.

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