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Warner indie unit plans ‘Thieves’ redux

Gross will pen; Sarkissian, Sussman to produce

Warner Independent Pictures and Mission Entertainment have closed a deal with Canal Plus for rights to remake the 1996 Andre Techine-directed thriller “Les Voleurs.”

Larry Gross has been set to write “Thieves,” an Americanized version of the original film.

Arthur Sarkissian and Peter Sussman will produce with Mission’s Peter Douglas and Rob Paris, and WIP’s Mark Gill and Paul Federbush will oversee the pic.

New version will be set in New Orleans but will follow the original’s theme of a black sheep son born into a family of thieves, who becomes a cop. The original starred Catherine Deneuve.

Development financing will be provided by Mission, which has an option to co-finance the film as well. Mission is a joint venture between Douglas’ Vincent Pictures and Ed Snider’s Snider Communications. Snider owns the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers teams and provides the funding for Mission’s $20 million development fund.

Gross won the Sundance Film Festival screenplay award for the WIP-distributed “We Don’t Live Here Anymore.”

Sarkissian, who produces the “Rush Hour” films, is remaking the Canal Plus pic “Le Cercle Rouge” for Paramount.

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