Passmore, Fabrizio to pen di Bonaventura thriller

“DMZ” has picked up traction with the writing team of Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio set to pen the action thriller, financed by CJ Entertainment and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s di Bonaventura Pictures.

Story centers on a U.S. satellite that crashes in the Korean Demilitarized Zone and an unlikely international group of soldiers who unite to enter the DMZ and retrieve the satellite despite the imminent threat of hostile North Korean soldiers. The disparate heroes soon learn that there is something much more deadly in the DMZ than enemy soldiers.

The writers and the producing team recently visited Korea for research, including the actual DMZ and the infiltration tunnel.

Passmore and Fabrizio are currently rewriting “Hellified” for di Bonaventura at Paramount, with Dan Bradley attached to direct. Duo penned “The World After” with Len Wiseman directing at Fox and “The Prince” with John Carpenter directing for Echo Lake. Passmore also wrote the “Red Dawn” remake for MGM.

Di Bonaventura produced the “Transformers” franchise along with “Salt,” “G.I. Joe” and “Red.” CJ started a development deal with Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures last year and is developing a remake of Lee Hae-joon’s “Castaway on the Moon,” with Mark Waters attached to direct, along with a remake of Korean film “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” at Warner Bros.

Development of “DMZ” will be led by Ed Fee at di Bonaventura and Jiwon Park at CJ.

Passmore and Fabrizio are repped by Paradigm, Aperture Entertainment and Eclipse.

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