Action helmer tackles $40 mil Behaviour project

Veteran action helmer Peter Hyams, who is directing Beacon Communications’ $100 million-plus Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer “End of Days,” is set to helm the indie thriller “Aces High” for Diamant/Cohen and Behaviour Worldwide.

The $40 million pic, part of a slate Behaviour is producing in partnership with Moshe Diamant and Rudy Cohen, was penned by screenwriter Dan Gordon (“Murder in the First,” “Passenger 57″) and will be produced by Diamant.

“Aces” tells the story of a North Korean dictator who has built the ultimate nuclear weapon, hidden deep inside a heavily armored fortress. An elite group of U.S. fighters have days to mount a crucial air strike — and steal the high-tech planes they’ll need to do it.

Behaviour, which is fully financing the film, will handle worldwide distribution rights. The pic currently has no domestic distributor.

“We are very excited about working with Peter Hyams,” said Mark Damon, chairman and CEO of Behaviour Worldwide. “He brings his unique vision to a project whose scope and logistics demand a director of his caliber.”

Hyams, who is best known for action-oriented pics, often aslso serves as director of photography on his projects.

Before “End of Days,” Hyams directed and photographed the 1997 thriller “The Relic” for Paramount Pictures.

His writing and directing credits include the thriller “Capricorn One” (1978), the Sean Connery sci-fi actioner “Outland” (1981) and “The Star Chamber” (1983). He re-teamed with Connery to direct the military thriller “The Presidio” (1988).

He also wrote, produced, directed and shot “2010,” the 1984 sequel to “2001: A Space Odyssey.”The Behaviour-Diamant/Cohen agreement, announced at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, includes the David Fincher-helmed crime thriller “The Black Dahlia” and “The Extremist.”

Diamant is best known for his work with Jean-Claude Van Damme on such actioners as “Double Team,” “Knock Off” and “Time Cop.”

Neither Hyams’ Endeavor agent nor his attorney Barry Hirsch could be reached for comment.

Cohen’s credits include the Oscar-nominated “Beyond the Walls” and “The Island on Bird Street.”

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