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Scribe to make helming debut on 'Boxer's Run'

NEW YORK — Terry Hayes, screenwriter of “Road Warrior” and “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” will make his directorial debut on “Boxer’s Run,” helming his original screenplay.

Pic is fully financed by Original Voices, the independent production company that has an output deal with German licensing company Intertainment and a first-look deal at Paramount.

The action adventure, which will begin shooting in September in Europe, concerns a CIA agent whose family is murdered for possessing an ancient relic. When the young agent hunts down his family’s killers, he uncovers an international plot to destroy the Catholic Church. Key to the plot is the relic, which he discovers is the Spear of Longinus, the weapon used to kill Jesus Christ, which is reputed to have been used in Black Mass rituals during the Holocaust.

Scripting spurt

Hayes, who also penned “Dead Calm” and co-scripted “Payback,” has been writing up a frenzy over the past two years. He co-wrote “Vertical Limit” for director Martin Campbell, to be released this Christmas by Columbia; he wrote the Caravan /USA Films project “From Alice to Ocean,” which has had the likes of Julia Roberts and Helen Hunt attached.

At the same time, Johnny Depp just committed to star as Jack the Ripper in Hayes’ script “From Hell,” a pic to be directed by Allen and Albert Hughes for Fox. Hayes also scripted the adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel “Fahrenheit 451,” a pic that Mel Gibson once planned to direct at Warner Bros. for Gibson’s Icon Prods. and Storyline.

“Boxer’s Run,” to begin casting immediately, will be produced by Nick Gillot and Christian Arnold Beutel, with David Kirkpatrick and Paul E. Harvey of Original Voices exec producing.

Pic is a German/British co-production between Tivoli Films and Magic Worx Film and TV Production. Hayes is repped by David Wirtschafter of William Morris.

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