Marching orders for ‘Borders’

Jolie to topline Mandalay pic

Mandalay’s “Beyond Borders,” a four-year-old project which has been through several incarnations with a series of stars and directors falling in and out, may finally get off the ground with Martin Campbell at the helm.

Angelina Jolie is attached to play the female lead in the pic, penned by Caspian Tredwell-Owen, which follows a 10-year romance between a relief worker and a socialite set against disaster-stricken locations in Africa, Thailand and Europe.

Previously helmer Oliver Stone was attached to direct, but exited due to budgetary and creative issues. Kevin Costner was slated to star but dropped out over scheduling conflicts with Universal Pictures “Dragonfly” for Tom Shadyac. Costner was then replaced by Ralph Fiennes who also subsequently dropped out of the picture. Before Jolie, both Catherine Zeta-Jones and Meg Ryan were at one time interested in the role, though Zeta-Jones had to bow out due to her pregnancy.

Mandalay, who is solely financing the pic which will be released domestically by Paramount, is planning an Dec 15 start. As yet no male lead has been cast. Production is being overseen by Mandalay’s exec vp Ori Marmur. Dan Halsted is producing for Mandalay.

Campbell, repped by ICM, directed “Vertical Limit,” for Columbia Pictures. His other credits include the Zeta-Jones, Antonio Banderas starrer “The Mask of Zorro, and “GoldenEye,” the 17th installment in the James Bond franchise for MGM/UA, starring Pierce Brosnan.