Par plucks leading man for ‘Sahara’

Actioner first pic to be based on Cussler's Pitt character

Paramount has tapped Matthew McConaughey to topline “Sahara,” a potential action-adventure franchise.

Studio is in negotiations with the thesp to star in the Crusader Entertainment production with lensing expected to begin in the fall. Crusader announced nearly a year ago that it had greenlit an adaptation of “Sahara” as the first film to be based on the Dirk Pitt character in Clive Cussler’s best-selling novels.

Cussler’s “Sahara” focuses on McConaughey’s character thwarting an attempted assassination of a U.N. scientist investigating a raging epidemic in North Africa that threatens to extinguish life in the world’s seas.

Crusader signed a three-year, first-look U.S. distribution deal with Par in 2001. Par agreed last year to distribute “Sahara” stateside and in the U.K., Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

McConaughey’s deal would represent the third recent teaming of Par and the ICM-repped thesp. He signed with the studio last week to produce and possibly star in romantic comedy “Dear Delilah” following the success of “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” which has grossed $103 million domestically.

Breck Eisner, the son of Walt Disney Co. topper Michael Eisner, has been in negotiations to direct “Sahara” (Daily Variety, April 11).

More Film

  • Graphic Novel 'Under,' About Sewer Mutants,

    Graphic Novel 'Under,' About Sewer-Dwelling Mutants, Being Adapted Into Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

    Paramount has tapped Matthew McConaughey to topline “Sahara,” a potential action-adventure franchise. Studio is in negotiations with the thesp to star in the Crusader Entertainment production with lensing expected to begin in the fall. Crusader announced nearly a year ago that it had greenlit an adaptation of “Sahara” as the first film to be based […]

  • Daniel KaluuyaThe Metropolitan Museum of Art's

    Daniel Kaluuya to Star in Romantic Drama 'Queen and Slim' From Lena Waithe

    Paramount has tapped Matthew McConaughey to topline “Sahara,” a potential action-adventure franchise. Studio is in negotiations with the thesp to star in the Crusader Entertainment production with lensing expected to begin in the fall. Crusader announced nearly a year ago that it had greenlit an adaptation of “Sahara” as the first film to be based […]

  • Durban Fest Fetes South African Women

    Durban Fest Fetes South African Women With Diverse Line-Up

    Paramount has tapped Matthew McConaughey to topline “Sahara,” a potential action-adventure franchise. Studio is in negotiations with the thesp to star in the Crusader Entertainment production with lensing expected to begin in the fall. Crusader announced nearly a year ago that it had greenlit an adaptation of “Sahara” as the first film to be based […]

  • Predator Comic-Con panel

    'The Predator' Teases Battling Aliens at Gory Comic-Con Panel

    Paramount has tapped Matthew McConaughey to topline “Sahara,” a potential action-adventure franchise. Studio is in negotiations with the thesp to star in the Crusader Entertainment production with lensing expected to begin in the fall. Crusader announced nearly a year ago that it had greenlit an adaptation of “Sahara” as the first film to be based […]

  • Durban FilmMart, CaribbeanTales Push Co-Productions for

    Durban FilmMart, CaribbeanTales Push Co-Prod Opportunities for Women of Color

    Paramount has tapped Matthew McConaughey to topline “Sahara,” a potential action-adventure franchise. Studio is in negotiations with the thesp to star in the Crusader Entertainment production with lensing expected to begin in the fall. Crusader announced nearly a year ago that it had greenlit an adaptation of “Sahara” as the first film to be based […]

  • New Line Comic Con

    Everything We Saw From 'It 2' During New Line's Scare Diego Comic-Con Presentation

    Paramount has tapped Matthew McConaughey to topline “Sahara,” a potential action-adventure franchise. Studio is in negotiations with the thesp to star in the Crusader Entertainment production with lensing expected to begin in the fall. Crusader announced nearly a year ago that it had greenlit an adaptation of “Sahara” as the first film to be based […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content