’71’ Director Tapped to Helm Thriller for New Regency and Plan B

New Regency has acquired an untitled thriller and set “71” helmer Yann Demange to direct the pic.

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce through their Plan B banner along with Angus Lamont and Molly Smith. Demange’s “71” scribe Gregory Burke penned the script.

Plot details are unknown.

Demange has been one of the more sought-after directors in Hollywood following the critical acclaim of “71,” which stars “Unbroken” star Jack O’Connell in the story of a British soldier who is left behind in Belfast after a riot.

New Regency has increasingly found ways to team with high-profile directors like Steve McQueen on “12 Years a Slave” and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, who is coming off of his Oscar win for “Birdman,” and is directing “The Revenant,” staring Leonardo DiCaprio, for the company, which will open the film next Christmas.

New Regency and Plan B see Demange as a director with strong storytelling skills.

He is repped by CAA. New Regency and Plan B are also teaming on “True Story,” starring Jonah Hill and James Franco and opening this spring.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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