Story of Israeli spy in Syria headed for bigscreen

Eric Eisner’s L+E Pictures has acquired feature rights to Shmu-el Segev’s “Alone in Damascus,” which recounts the story of Israeli spy Eli Cohen.

Cohen worked as a Mossad agent from 1960 until his public execution in 1965 and built close ties with Syrian leaders, almost rising to the rank of Syrian defense minister. He’s credited with supplying Israel with many details on Syrian political and military matters.

Script will be written by Lior Geller, who wrote, directed and produced the Israeli short film “Roads,” nominated for a Student Film Academy Award in 2008. Geller’s developing a feature version of “Roads”; he also wrote and directed the documentary “Heart of Jenin,” which won the audience award at the Dubai Film Festival.

Eisner, son of former Disney chief Michael Eisner, founded L+E four years ago. The banner’s first film, “Hamlet 2,” was acquired at Sundance in 2008 for $10 million, and it’s developing “The Bait,” “The King of Sting,” “Havana Nocturne” and a Jerry Garcia biopic, about his life before he joined the band that would become the Grateful Dead.

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