Nathanson helms sting pic

Permut, Brezner producing 'Providence' with Touchstone

High-profile scribe Jeff Nathanson is in negotiations to make his directorial debut with “Providence” for Disney.

Pic is story of a movie director and writer who find a financier for their project only to discover the producer is an undercover FBI agent working on a sting operation involving the mob.

“Providence” was originally inspired by the true story of a sting operation in Providence, R.I., focusing on two mobsters working for the late Mafioso John Gotti.

David Permut and Larry Brezner are producing pic in a co-production with Touchstone Pictures via their respective production shingles, Permut Pictures and MBST Entertainment. Producers optioned the life rights to the principals’ stories about the sting operation that brought down the mob kingpin.

Pic, which now has a greenlight, is being overseen at the Mouse House by VP of production Jeff Clifford.

Nathanson, who is repped by UTA, most recently penned the Leonardo DiCaprio/Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks vehicle for DreamWorks “Catch Me if You Can,” which bows Dec. 25. Other screenplay credits include New Line pic “Rush Hour 2.”

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