Jean-Jacques Annaud and Mandalay Pictures are bonding again to make “Enemy at the Gates.”
The project, which has been in development at Mandalay for nearly a year, was in search of a cast until Friday, when deals for Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, and Jude Law are all but signed; Rachel Weisz is in negotiations to join them.
“Enemy” is slated to lens in Germany in December or early January.
Pic will be produced by Annaud (“Seven Years in Tibet”), who co-wrote the script with Alain Godard (“The Name of the Rose”).
“Enemy” tells the true story of a duel during World War II between a young Russian shepherd and a German officer set against the epic battle of Stalingrad.
Law plays a Russian sniper, Fiennes his best friend — a young political officer — and Weisz would play the woman they both love. Harris plays the German officer who duels Law.
Annaud’s “Seven Years in Tibet” grossed close to $150 million worldwide. His other credits include “Wings of Courage,” “The Lover,” “The Bear,” “The Name of the Rose” and “Quest for Fire.”
Harris’s recent credits include “The Truman Show,” “The Rock,” “Nixon” and “Apollo 13”; Fiennes co-starred in “Elizabeth,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “Stealing Beauty”; Law co-starred in “eXistenZ,” ‘Gattaca” and the soon-to-be-released “The Talented Mr. Ripley”; and Weisz appeared in “Stealing Beauty” and recently starred in the international blockbuster “The Mummy.”
Annaud is repped by ICM. Fiennes is repped by WMA. Harris, Law and Weisz are all repped by CAA.
Mandalay execs could not be reached for comment.