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Roger Donaldson to direct ‘Cities’

Financial thriller stars Clive Owen, Anil Kapoor

Roger Donaldson (“Hungry Rabbit Jumps”) is onboard to direct the financial thriller “Cities,” starring Clive Owen and Anil Kapoor.

“Cities” is being developed as a cautionary tale about greed and ambition set against the Dow Jones all-time stock market high. Pic will interweave stories of a New York hedge fund manager, a young London couple looking to buy their first home and a Mumbai cop fighting corruption.

Production is set to begin in October in London, Mumbai and New York.

Matthew Metcalfe and Chris Curling are producing. Donaldson is also co-writing the screenplay, based on the original script “Extreme Cities,” written by Glenn Wilhide.

Julie Christie will executive produce alongside Eyeworks New Zealand who will partner on the production.

Parlay Films will handle international sales for the film and will debut the project at the upcoming Cannes Film Market. UTA’s Independent Film Group helped to package the film and structure the financing, and will represent domestic rights with CAA.

Owen’s upcoming films include “The Killer Elite” opposite Jason Statham and Robert De Niro and “Intruders” for Universal Pictures. Kapoor (“Slumdog Millionaire”) has also starred in “24” and will next be seen in the fourth “Mission: Impossible” installment.

Donaldson’s drama thriller “Hungry Rabbit Jumps,” starring Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce and January Jones, is in post-production. He’s directed 16 films including “The Bank Job,” “The Recruit” and “The World’s Fastest Indian.”

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