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AFM: Seagal Signs for Aldamisa’s ‘Cypher’

Aiming for a resurgence of his long career as an action star, Steven Seagal has come on board “Cypher” at Aldamisa Intl.

Aldamisa topper Sergei Bespalev and Seagal are producing the $25 million project, targeted for an April launch of production. The project has been quietly unveiled at the American Film Market with preliminary discussions about international sales.

Seagal will portray a special forces operative who — frustrated with the bureaucracy of war — goes rogue and tries to exterminate terrorists being protected by the government.

Seagal has written the script. No director is attached.

Seagal began his adult life as an Aikido instructor and broke into show business in 1988 with “Above the Law” and saw his career peak with “Under Siege” in 1992. Other credits include “On Deadly Ground,” “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,” “Exit Wounds” and “Half Past Dead” in 2002.

Since then, most of Seagal’s films have been direct to video other than “Machete” in 2010.

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Aldamisa is also handling international sales on the thriller “City of Strangers” with Vadim Perelman (“House of Sand and Fog”) directing.

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