Amber chooses femme military thriller

Jonathan Zimbert has adapted the 'Slain' script

Amber Entertainment, which just wrapped “Romeo and Juliet,” is developing James H. Cobb’s military thriller “Choosers of the Slain” as a potential franchise.

Producer-turned-writer Jonathan Zimbert has adapted the “Slain” script for Amber, which is out to directors and actresses.

Novel, published in 1997, centers on female commander Amanda Garrett who’s just taken charge of a top-secret Stealth-type U.S. Navy warship that’s forced to deal with Argentina moving to take over a lone British outpost in Antarctica.

Amber has rights to three other Amanda Garrett titles: “Sea Fighter,” “Sea Strike” and “Target Lock.”

Amber’s developing another Zimbert adaptation of supernatural love story “The River Journey” by Robert Nathan, which is out to directors.

Zimbert’s also adapting “Passenger 13” by Scott Marani as potential franchise starter for Amber.

Before turning to screenwriting, Zimbert served as president of production at Kennedy Marshall and Morgan Creek, working on such titles as “Congo,” “Major League II” and “Ace Ventura.”

Four-year-old Amber is headed by former New Line execs Ileen Maisel, Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming along with Lawrence Elman.

Maisel and Elman teamed with Julian Fellowes to produce Carlo Carlei’s “Romeo and Juliet,” with Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld in the leads. Ordesky and Fleming partnered with Randall Emmett and George Furla for thriller “The Frozen Ground,” which shot last fall in Alaska with Nicolas Cage and John Cusack starring.

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