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Fox, Fields fire ‘Canon’

Tale of Swiss bank heist penned by King, draft by Robinson

Helmer Brad Silberling has signed on to develop and direct “Josiah’s Canon” for 20th Century Fox and producer Adam Fields.

Penned by Jeff King with a most recent draft by Phil Alden Robinson, pic is a dramatic heist story about a Holocaust survivor who leads the world’s foremost team of bank robbers. The criminal mastermind sets his sights on an impenetrable bank in Switzerland, which purportedly houses money deposited by Jews killed in concentration camps.

Silberling is in pre-production on the Disney drama “Baby’s in Black” for producer Mark Johnson, and it’s unclear what the director’s next project will be. He’s also developing “For What It’s Worth” for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow as well as the baseball fantasy “Charlie Faust” for Disney and Marc Platt.

Since Fox 2000 acquired Jeff King’s spec “Canon” in 1996, several directors have circled the project. Among those who were attached to helm the pic were Mick Jackson, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Mimi Leder.

At one point, Warren Beatty also considered the film as a starring vehicle, as did Michael Douglas and Dustin Hoffman. Silberling is now said to be skewing the pic toward a younger cast.

Fields’ producing credits include “Donnie Darko” and “Brokedown Palace.”

Repped by Endeavor, Silberling’s other directing credits include the Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage starrer “City of Angels” and the ghost caper “Casper.”

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