Spike Lee closes in on ‘Deadline’

Helmer in talks to direct thriller

Spike Lee is in negotiations to direct action-thriller “Nagasaki Deadline,” with Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment financing.

Alcon co-toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are co-producing with Kira Davis of 8:38 Prods., and Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini. “Nagasaki Deadline” writers David and Peter Griffiths (“The Hunted,” “Collateral Damage”) will exec produce.

“Nagasaki” centers on an emotionally damaged FBI agent who must decipher historic events in a race to avert a terrorist plot.

William Broyles Jr. (“Cast Away”) re-wrote the Griffiths script, and the Griffiths completed a subsequent polish. Davis (“Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”) brought the project to Alcon.

Alcon’s next feature release is urban comedy “Lottery Ticket,” starring Bow Wow and Ice Cube and opening Aug 20 through Warners. It just wrapped principle photography in New York on “Something Borrowed” starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski.

Lee’s most recent feature directing gigs were “Miracle at St. Anna” and “Inside Man.”

Lee and Broyles are represented by CAA. The Griffiths are represented by Verve.

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