APG, StudioCanal on path of ‘Vigilante’

Burns to star in Hauty's action thriller

Through a joint venture, APG and StudioCanal have preemptively acquired the action-thriller pitch “Vigilante” from scribe Chris Hauty, with Edward Burns attached to star.

Project will be produced by APG, along with Burns and Aaron Lubin via Burns’ Marlboro Road Gang Prods. Pitch was created and developed by Burns, Lubin and Hauty. Burns and Lubin brought the project to APG production prexy Cathy Schulman and veep Sean O’Keefe, who will jointly oversee its development.

“Vigilante” tells the story of a liberal newspaper columnist who goes on a manhunt for the criminal gang responsible for his wife’s murder, only to find himself the target of a rogue cop.

“With ‘Sidewalks of New York’ due to open in November, I’m thrilled to be in business again with Ed Burns and his team,” said Schulman, referring to Burns’ upcoming pic as actor-director-writer.

O’Keefe said, “I have followed Hauty’s writing career for several years now, and have greatly looked forward to working with him. Hauty possesses a rare combination of compassion and aggression in his writing that will bring this story to life.”

Hauty, repped by Original Artists, recently penned “Cowboys and Aliens” and “House of the Dead” for DreamWorks. His writing credits include “Head Down Tilt” for Fox 2000; “Homeward Bound” for Disney; and “Don Coyote” for Fox.

Burns is repped by AMG and WMA.

Marlboro Road Gang produced “The Brothers McMullen,” “She’s the One,” “No Looking Back” and the upcoming “Sidewalks of New York” and “Ash Wednesday.”

APG’s slate of projects includes Brian Burns’ “You Stupid Man,” now in post-production, and Michael Crichton’s “Time Line,” which is in pre-production for Paramount Pictures, with Richard Donner directing.