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‘Closing’ in on pic

Mossad lends hand to Kaplan story

Israeli secret service org Mossad is putting its muscle behind the Israeli film “Closing the Circle,” inspired by the group’s real-life rescue of kidnapped American U.N. volunteer David Kaplan in Iraq.

The $5 million project, due to begin shooting by year’s end, will have access to Mossad’s planes, helicopters and hardware for its action scenes.

“They’re going to do the bombing for real. They feel an obligation to the story and want to give something back to the project,” said producer Shlomo May-Zur, who stressed that the agency isn’t putting in any money.

May-Zur will co-produce with Rafael Katz through Yesh-Or. Pic will be shot in Israel; Sam Firstenberg is attached to helm.

Some have criticized the portrayal of Mossad in the 2005 “Munich.” Katz said their film will be different: “It’ll be like ‘Mission Impossible.’ ‘Munich’ was only killing and killing. We have a rescue.”

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