Pic will be produced by Eberts, Roberts, Jam
Josh Hartnett is set to reteam with “Wicker Park” director Paul McGuigan in “Lucky Number Sleven,” a noir gangster film scripted by Jason Smilovic.
Ascendant Pictures is financing with Capitol Films. Shooting will start in November.
The drama is set in a world where African-American and Jewish gangsters collide. Hartnett plays a man who has to kill the son of a rival crime boss.
Pic will be produced by Ascendant’s Christopher Eberts, Chris Roberts and Kia Jam, along with FilmEngine’s Tyler Mitchell, Anthony Rhulen and Robert S. Kravis. FilmEngine developed the script with Smilovic, and Ascendant sparked to the end result and the chance to rematch director and star.
“We’ve been a fan of Paul’s films, and Josh is hard to get,” Eberts said. “We are taking them back to Montreal, and they will be working with much of the same crew as they did on ‘Wicker Park.’ ”
Ascendant and Capitol previously joined to put up budget bucks for the Robert Towne-directed “Ask the Dust,” with Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek, and “The Big White,” which stars Robin Williams, Holly Hunter, Woody Harrelson and Giovanni Ribisi.
Ascendant, which has coin partly from German media fund VIP, might well wait until “Lucky Number Sleven” is shot before seeking a domestic distrib, the same strategy it is employing on “Big White.” Ascendant will begin looking for its domestic distributor in September.
“If you have a good finance plan and enough confidence in the script, it is sometimes favorable to make the film without a domestic advance,” Eberts said. “We’ve liked ‘Lucky Number Sleven’ for about a year, and now it’s time to make it happen.”
Hartnett most recently completed roles in the Robert Rodriguez-directed “Sin City,” and starred with Radha Mitchell in the Peter Naess-helmed and Ron Bass-scripted “Mozart and the Whale.”