‘S.W.A.T.’ regroups

Nispel feature bow taking series to bigscreen

Marcus Nispel, an award-winning commercial and vid helmer, is in final talks to direct his first feature with “S.W.A.T.” for TriStar Pictures, sources said Tuesday.

Based on the ABC hit 1970s TV series, pic has been greenlit for an October start. Nispel would head into pre-production next week once the deal is finished. He will work with writers Ron Mita and Jim McClain to do some character development on the script.

Plot on the feature is being kept under tight wraps by TriStar execs. Sources said it follows a Special Weapons & Tactics force when it must protect a certain dangerous criminal.

Oliver Stone and Dan Halsted are producing the pic.

Sources said TriStar will go to major stars for the two key roles of Lt. Dan (Hondo) Harrelson and officer Jim Street, played by Steve Forrest and Robert Urich, respectively, in the TV series.

TriStar exec VP of production Lauren Lloyd and creative executive Walter Hamada are overseeing the project for prexy of production Chris Lee.

Nispel has directed more than 200 commercials for such clients as Schick, Canon, Dr Pepper, Unisys, Sprint, Audi, Visa Gold, the U.S. Postal Service, Coke and Diet Coke.

He also helmed more than 200 musicvideos with such artists as George Michael, Janet Jackson, Elton John and Billy Joel.

Nispel has been attached to several feature projects in development around town, including “Full Contact” at New Line Cinema, as well as “Dead at 21” and “The 59-Sorey Crisis” at Interscope.

His clip reel also is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Adam Krentzman at CAA brokered the deal for Nispel.

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