Scribes Patrick Massett and John Zinman, co-exec producers on the TV series “Friday Night Lights,” have been tapped to write “City State” for New Regency and director James Mangold.
A remake of the Icelandic crime thriller of the same name, pic will be produced by Mangold and Cathy Konrad through their Tree Line Films banner, along with Danny Sherman of Thruline Entertainment. Alexandra Milchan and Ryan Horrigan are overseeing development for New Regency.
Set in the Icelandic underworld, original pic follows four people whose lives intersect when a foreign crime syndicate decides to take control of the Icelandic drug market. Characters include a crooked police chief, an ailing crime boss, a vengeful mechanic and a female cop. Scribes will relocate the action Stateside.
Massett and Zinman previously wrote “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and the 2010 Black List script “Gold,” which concerns the biggest securities exchange fraud committed in the U.S. Paul Haggis and Michael Mann are involved with that project. Scribes also served as writers and co-exec producers on “Caprica,” “Friday Night Lights,” “The Chicago Code” and “The Finder.”
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Mangold is currently prepping “The Wolverine” for 20th Century Fox, and “City State” is one of several projects to which the helmer could turn his attention after wrapping that sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
Massett and Zinman are repped by CAA, Industry Entertainment and attorney Adam Kaller.