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Seagal goes literary with ‘Star,’ ‘Thunder’

High-end pix will complement rest of his slate

Action star-turned-producer Steven Seagal’s Seagal/Nasso Prods. has made its first venture into literary acquisitions, picking up film rights to two novels, “White Star” and “House of Thunder.”

The projects are slated for development into medium-to-high-budgeted films, according Seagal, who said the pics were intended to “complement the smaller, more specialized and genre films we’re currently readying for production.”

“House of Thunder” is written by Guy Alimo and published by the Bertelsmann Group’s Transworld division. It’s the story of a former jungle warfare specialist turned anthropologist who teams up with a shaman, an Amazonian tribesman and a scientist to keep a runaway cruise missile from getting into the wrong hands.

“White Star,” penned by James Thayer and published by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Star Books imprint, concerns a New York attorney who finds that people close to him are the targets of a master marksman he enountered on a mission in Vietnam.

Stan Kantor will co-produce with Seagal and co-chairman Julius R. Nasso. Phillip Goldfine, Seagal/Nasso president, will serve as exec producer.

In a related move, Goldfine announced the company had named Leticia Gomez director of production.

Seagal/Nasso Prods. currently has two films in post-production: the Seagal actioner “The Patriot” and specialized pic “Not Even the Trees.”

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