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Scribe’s helm bow a ‘Bounty’

Hensleigh on team for 'Killer' deal

“Armageddon” scribe Jonathan Hensleigh will team with producers Gale Anne Hurd and Randall Emmett & George Furla’s Emmett/Furla Films to make his directorial debut with “Bounty Killer.” Pic will be financed Cutting Edge Entertainment, which will handle foreign sales.

Penned by Hensleigh, “Killer” is an actioner in which a violent bounty hunter comes to a small town to collect a reward and is recruited by a tough young woman to save the community. In the process, the bounty hunter unlocks the secrets of his past.

Fully financed at just under $20 million, casting is under way with a targeted start date of Oct. 22 in Vancouver.

Hurd, who was one of the producers on “Armageddon,” will produce through her Valhalla Motion Pictures along with Emmett and Furla. Cutting Edge’s David Glasser will exec produce with Bob Yari.

Hensleigh, whose writing credits include “Jumanji” and “The Rock,” served as executive producer of “Gone in Sixty Seconds,” “Armageddon” and “Con Air.” He has also been tapped to reconceive the Disney project “Gemini Man.”

Hurd is currently prepping “The Incredible Hulk” for Universal Pictures — a title at one time expected to be Hensleigh’s his feature directing debut (Daily Variety, March 2, 1998).

Emmett/Furla recently wrapped production of “Behind the Sun,” starring Billy Bob Thornton and Patricia Arquette, and provided completion financing on Cutting Edge’s “The Devil and Daniel Webster.”

ICM, which reps Hensleigh and will handle domestic rights, brought the project to the producers and brokered the deal among Vahalla prexy Barbara Boyle, Cutting Edge VP of business affairs Harrison Kordestani and Emmett/Furla veep of development and business affairs M. Dal Walton.

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