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Co. reaps Jaswinski's pitch 'Fortune'

Kinowelt USA has acquired the rights to Anthony Jaswinski’s pitch “Soldiers of Fortune” for a low- to high-six-figure sum, with Hyde Park Entertainment and Film Roman on board to produce.

Kinowelt USA’s co-chairs Chris Sievernich and Rainer Kolmel will exec produce. Hyde Park toppers Ashok Amritraj and David Hoberman also will play producer roles, along with Film Roman’s Mitch Solomon.

Project was introduced to Kinowelt’s Matt Milich by Film Roman veep David Jung and Hyde Park’s Todd Lieberman. “Soldier” follows a group of high school students as they navigate New York City on the trail of a legendary fortune.

“Jaswinski’s clearly a talented writer,” Sievernich said. “He’s come up with a fantastic and original adventure tale that’s fun for people of all ages.”

Jaswinski wrote the upcoming New Line thriller “Westward,” to which Paul Hunter is attached to direct and Katie Holmes to star. He also penned a remake of the film “See No Evil” for Columbia and is wrapping screenplay “Absolute Zero” for Sean Connery to produce for Fox.

Hyde Park Entertainment’s “Original Sin,” starring Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie, and “What’s the Worst That Could Happen,” featuring Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito, both will be released this summer. Company’s “Bandits,” starring Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton, will reach theaters in the fall.

Film Roman recently produced Christine Lahti’s helming debut, “My First Mister,” which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Company also acquired the film rights to TV series “The Greatest American Hero,” which it is developing for Disney.

Kinowelt USA’s Sievernich recently exec produced Columbia Pictures’ “The Wedding Planner,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey, and USA Films’ “Nurse Betty,” for which Renee Zellweger won a Golden Globe Award.

During the past six months, Kinowelt USA signed first-look deals with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures, Robert Rehme’s Rehme Prods. and Phillip Noyce’s Rumbalara Films.

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