HOLLYWOOD — Producer Steven Jay Rubin has obtained rights to a pair of patriotic projects, “American Mythic” and “The Himmler Strategem,” for his Fast Carrier Pictures.
Rubin plans to bring both to market in a few months after packaging thesps and helmers. He said interest in such projects has been elevated both by the aftermath of the terrorist attacks and the success of recent projects such as “Saving Private Ryan,” “Gladiator,” “The Patriot,” “U-571” and HBO’s “Band of Brothers.”
“For many years, it wasn’t P.C. to make movies about soldiers or fighting men, especially in a historical context,” said Rubin, author of “Combat Films: American Realism 1945-1970.” “The pendulum has swung again to historical heroes.”
“American Mythic,” scripted by Richard Taylor, follows a retired U.S. Cavalry officer to India and the Khyber Pass in the 1880s as he attempts to rescue his daughter from a religious fanatic. “It’s so long ago and yet so relevant,” Rubin said.
“The Himmler Stratagem,” written by Stuart Matranga and based on a novel by Cordell Cross, revolves around a Seattle police detective who discovers a neo-Nazi plot to take over contemporary America. Partners are thesp Ed Asner and producer Brian Harwood.
Rubin, who has a first-look deal with Showtime, has been developing a number of patriotic projects. Others include remakes of “The Steel Helmet” (now set in modern-day West Africa) and “A Walk in the Sun” and a pair of true-life WWII stories set during the German winter offensive in 1944: “Cut Off,” in which a reluctant war correspondent saves two Jewish children from the Nazis; and “A Silent Night,” in which three American and four German soldiers share Christmas Eve dinner.