Rodriguez’s ‘Heretic’ rises at Phoenix

Company fast-tracking Renaissance-era thriller

Phoenix Pictures has snapped up Javier Rodriguez’s spec script “The Heretic” and is fast-tracking the Renaissance-era action-adventure thriller.

Story revolves around a fallen priest-turned-hitman sent by a rogue archbishop to assassinate Martin Luther, only to discover that not everyone is telling the truth.

Phoenix’s Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer and David Thwaites will produce. Michael Connolly of Mad Hatter Entertainment, which manages Rodriguez, will exec produce.

Phoenix plans to start production by the first quarter.

Phoenix is in production on action-thriller “Shutter Island,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, and announced last week that it’s partnering with Gold Co. on “Amish Gone Wild.” It’s beginning production next month on spy thriller “Shanghai,” helmed by Mikael Hafstrom.

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