Nala veers into ‘Valley’

Jones, Theron set to star in Haggis drama

Nala Films has joined Patrick Wachsberger’s Summit Entertainment and Steve Samuels Media Capital in financing and producing Paul Haggis’ untitled directing project at Warner Independent Pictures.

Project will be sold overseas by Summit under the title “In the Valley of Elah”; it remains unclear under what title it will go out domestically.

Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron are set to star in the drama, which Haggis begins lensing Dec. 4 in New Mexico.

Haggis’ script revolves around a career soldier whose son mysteriously goes AWOL upon returning from Iraq. Together, he and a local police detective try to get to the bottom of the soldier’s disappearance.

Haggis drew from Mark Boal’s Playboy magazine article “Death and Dishonor.”

Nala Films will finance through parent company Nala Investments. Nala films prexy Darlene Caamano Loquet will take a producing credit aside Haggis, Wachsberger, Laurence Becsey and Steve Samuels. Nala Investments chair-CEO Emilio Diez Barroso will exec produce with Erik Feig.

Warner Independent will distribute the pic domestically, while Summit will take overseas rights. Summit will begin selling the project at the American Film Market, which unspools Nov. 1 in Santa Monica.

Steve Samuels Media Capital has backed films including “Running With Scissors” and “Michael Clayton.”

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