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Eagle Pix cracks ‘Code’ at WB

Italo distrib bows prod'n arm with 'Genesis'

Italo distrib Eagle Pictures is making its production bow with the English-lingo biotech thriller “Genesis Code.” Shingle is in final negotiations with Warner Bros. Pictures to handle domestic distribution.

Eagle spearheads a consortium of Euro distribution companies that will finance the $25 million-budgeted pic, including Germany’s Concorde, France’s Film Office/Hachette and Spain’s Aurum.

The group is also developing the drama “Lazarus Child,” which was written by Ron Bass, who will also co-produce.

Rupert Wainwright (“Stigmata”) is in negotiations to direct “Genesis,” which is based on the bestselling 1997 novel by John Case.

When members of an investigator’s family are victimized at an Italian fertility clinic run by a doctor with some unusual ideas about DNA, it catches the attention of a dangerous religious order — and the investigator must save one surviving woman and child from their wrath.

Ronald Shusett (“Total Recall”) and Ian Rabin adapted. Pic is slated to begin preproduction next month, with principal photography to begin in the fall. It will be shot in Europe as well as the U.S.

Producing “Genesis Code” are Eagle principal Ciro Dammicco along with Billy Dietrich and Mike Mailer and Danny Bigel of Bigel/Mailer Films.

Repping Eagle are John Ptak and Adam Krentzman at CAA.