Alexander goes into ‘Labor’

New 'Day' begins for helmer

A correction was made to this article on June 13, 2005.

Lexi Alexander will direct “Labor Day,” the Disney thriller Lauren Shuler-Donner and Michael Aguilar are producing.

Script revolves around a hotshot D.A. who gets the career-making job of prosecuting the son of an elusive crime lord. When his wife is kidnapped the attorney must ask for help from his wife’s former lover, a gangster.

“Labor Day” was originally scripted by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, but it was a rewrite by Christian Gudegast that hooked Alexander.

“I didn’t respond to most of what was sent my way until ‘Labor Day,'” she said. “This one had a classic love triangle, worked into a contemporary action film.”

Disney’s Jason Reed is steering the pic.

Pic once almost went into production with helmer Robert Schwentke and Jet Li.

“Labor Day” is the first studio assignment for Alexander after directing “Hooligans,” a gritty indie drama about violence perpetrated by rabid soccer fans.

The “Labor Day” assignment comes as Alexander has teamed with former Warner Independent Pictures creative exec Stefan Haller to form Irons Productions, a producing partnership titled after the nickname of Westham United, their favorite soccer team. Both are off shortly to London, where Alexander will direct “Life n’ Lyrics.” Fiesta Productions put the film together. Gudegast will continue to hone the script and Alexander will make the film when she returns.

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