Actor to star in untitled EuropaCorp and Relativity pic, which McG will direct
Continuing his bigscreen resurgence in the wake of last week’s Emmy win for “Hatfields & McCoys,” Kevin Costner has closed a deal to topline an untitled action thriller that McG is set to direct for Relativity Media and EuropaCorp. Relativity and EuropaCorp will work in tandem throughout the creative and production process.Luc Besson (“Taken”) and Adi Hasak (“From Paris With Love”) co-wrote the pic, in which Costner will play a dying Secret Service agent who decides to retire in order to reconnect with his estranged family. When the Secret Service offers him access to an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment, he finds himself trying to juggle his family, his mission and the drug’s hallucinatory side effects. EuropaCorp’s Besson and Virginie Besson-Silla (“From Paris With Love”) will produce with Hasak and Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh (“The Fighter”). Relativity prexy Tucker Tooley (“Immortals”) exec produces. Formerly known as “Three Days to Kill,” untitled pic marks the second of two films on which EuropaCorp and Relativity will collaborate as a part of a co-production and co-financing deal announced in May. Deal also includes Besson’s darkly comedic action movie “Malavita,” starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones and Dianna Agron. Costner, who is currently filming Kenneth Branagh’s Paramount pic “Jack Ryan” with Chris Pine, will soon be seen playing Pa Kent in Zack Snyder’s WB tentpole “Man of Steel.” He’s repped by WME, One Talent Management and attorney Daniel Grigsby. McG last directed “This Means War” and is currently producing “A Many Splintered Thing.” He’s repped by WME, Management 360 and attorney David Weber. Relativity’s upcoming releases include “Movie 43” on Jan. 25, “Safe Haven” on Feb. 8 and “21 and Over” on March 15. Company recently wrapped Liam Hemsworth starrer “Paranoia” and is currently in post on Scott Cooper’s gritty dramatic thriller currently titled “Out of the Furnace.” EuropaCorp is prepping for the international release of Olivier Megaton’s sequel “Taken 2,” starring Liam Neeson. Company is also in post on Eric Rochant’s “Mobius,” starring Jean Dujardin, Cecile de France and Tim Roth.