Shingle buys spec script, will finance and produce with Le Grisbi

In a preemptive deal, Bill Block’s QED International has come on board David Ayer’s World War II actioner “Fury.”

The production-sales-financing shingle has bought Ayer’s spec script and will finance and produce with John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Prods. QED will handle international sales with a planned production start in late 2013.

Block, Lesher and Ethan Smith are producing “Fury” with Ayer directing. Story is set in April 1945 as Nazi Germany collapses and centers on a five-man crew of an American tank that’s caught in a battle for survival against a desperate German army.

“I want to bring a fresh execution to the genre,” Ayer said. “I plan to bring tank combat to life in a way that lands with a modern audience.”

Block began ramping up production after Media Content Capital announced in May that it taken a substantial stake in QED. “This is the biggest acquisition in QED’s history and we cannot wait for David to bring this amazing story to audiences worldwide,” he said Wednesday.

Ayer and QED teamed on action thriller “Ten,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Mireille Enos and set for release from Open Road Films in January 2014. Ayer teamed with Lesher on “End of Watch.”

QED’s production slate includes romantic comedy “Fading Gigolo,” directed by John Turturro and starring Turturro and Woody Allen, and the supernatural thriller “Haunt,” starring Jacki Weaver.

Ayer’s deal was negotiated by CAA and David Weber.

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