De Luca, Rosenzweig, Gaeta producing thriller

Michael De Luca has partnered with Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta to develop a bigscreen remake of the 1987 Mickey Rourke supernatural thriller “Angel Heart.”

Producers optioned remake rights from a private U.K. firm, which owns the rights to the original film, which was produced by Carolco and distributed by TriStar. De Luca, Rosenzweig and Gaeta also optioned the underlying book rights to William Hjortsberg’s novel “Falling Angel,” from which original film was adapted.

Original film, which caused a stir for its steamy sex scenes, was written and directed by Alan Parker and also starred Robert De Niro and Lisa Bonet.

Novel follows the exploits of Harry Angel, a New York detective hired by a mysterious client to track down a once-popular performer indebted to him. While pursuing this seemingly routine investigation, Harry encounters dark and supernatural forces.

De Luca, whose recent producing credits include “21” and “Ghost Rider,” said he has long been a fan of the novel. “It’s a great blend of genres with a great Faustian bargain, compelling, universal themes and a rare combination of literary and commercial appeal,” he said.

“Angel Heart” remake was brought to De Luca Prods. by exec Josh Bratman, who will executive produce.

Producing partners Rosenzweig and Gaeta recently teamed with Adam Shankman to set up the Disney comedy “Matadors,” which is based on the true story of the Chicago Bulls’ 14-member troupe of male dancing cheerleaders.

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