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TORONTO — Kingsborough Greenlight Pictures of Montreal plans to produce an adventure film based on the true-life story of Canadian environmentalist and Greenpeace co-founder Paul Watson.

Watson, who gained a reputation on the high seas for ramming ships that hunted seals, whales and other protected species, was recently imprisoned in Holland, but support from celebrities including Cher, Woody Harrelson, Pierce Brosnan, Steven Seagal and Martin Sheen prompted Dutch authorities to release him June 20 after three months in jail.

Kingsborough chairman Pieter Kroonenberg and his business partner, Julie Allan, will produce the C$25 million to $30 million ($18.3 million to $21.9-million) film in association with Wes Craven and Marianne Maddalena.

Kroonenberg told Daily Variety on Monday that the film will be a Canadian-European co-production, and that foreign sales will cover 60% of the budget.

Jerry Wilson, a Canadian writer living in Ireland, has produced a first draft of a script based on Watson’s book, “The Ocean Warrior,” published by Key Porter Books of Toronto.

Kroonenberg said the production schedule calls for a three-month shoot starting in March for a release date early in 1999.

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