Hirschbiegel to helm Hibbert screenplay

FilmNation Entertainment looking to ”Eye in the Sky,” acquiring Guy Hibbert’s screenplay as a directing vehicle for Oliver Hirschbiegel (”Downfall”).

FilmNation made the announcement Monday at the Toronto Film Festival and said it’s ”aggressively” putting the thriller together with the aim of starting to prep later this year.

”Sky” follows a group of characters around the globe as they are each impacted by the decision to drop a drone missile on a house in East Africa. This will be Hibbert and Hirschbiegel’s second collaboration following ”Five Minutes of Heaven,” starring Liam Neeson.

FilmNation EVP Production Karen Lunder brought in the project to the company and will produce alongside FilmNation’s President of Production Aaron Ryder. Stephen Wright, who works with the BBC where the project was initially developed, will also produce.

”As a company we have been searching for a project to do with Oliver for some time,” Ryder said.

Hirschbiegel said he was drawn to the project because of the tense subject matter that examines contemporary warfare and its detachment from real life.

FilmNation acquired the rights from BBC Films, in cooperation with BBC TV. Zoe Brown brokered the deal for the BBC and Alison Cohen negotiated the deal for FilmNation.

Hirschbiegel is repped by UTA and by Attorney Barry Hirsch. Hibbert is repped by UTA and The Agency in London.

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