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McG Chasing Down ‘Hunter Killer’ for Relativity (Exclusive)

Film was originally set up for Antoine Fuqua to direct and Gerard Butler to star

Having already worked together on “3 Days to Kill,” Relativity and McG appear ready to reunite as he is in negotiations to helm the long-in-development “Hunter Killer” for the studio.

Neal Moritz and Toby Jaffe are producing from a script by Jamie Moss, John Kolvenbach and Arne Schmidt. Tucker Tooley is exec producing.

Relativity had no comment.

Based on the novel “Firing Point” by Don Keith and George Wallace, the story follows an untested submarine captain who must work with a Navy SEAL team to rescue Russia’s president, taken prisoner during a military coup. The two sides team to stop a rogue Russian general from igniting World War III.

The pic was originally planned for Antoine Fuqua to direct and Gerard Butler to star, but that teaming never materialized as they went on to do “Olympus Has Fallen” instead. That put “Hunter Killer” on the shelf.

Given how happy the studio was with McG on the Kevin Costner pic “3 Days to Kill,” though, it made sense to turn to him on a project they have long wanted to get off the ground.

McG is repped by WME and Management 360.

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