The Mark Gordon Co. and Entertainment One are teaming on the spy thriller “All the Old Knives” as the first project from their recently launched independent studio.
Neil Burger, “Divergent” director, is attached to helm the project, which Olen Steinhauer (author of “The Tourist” and “An American Spy”) adapted from his novel of the same name. Nick Wechsler will produce with Chockstone Pictures partners Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz along with Chockstone’s Roger Schwartz, who will serve as a co-producer.
Shooting is expected to commence by the end of the year.
“All the Old Knives” takes place in the idyllic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where two ex-lovers — one CIA spy and one ex-CIA spy — meet for dinner and to relive their memories of a disastrous hijacking, possibly in an effort to get to the bottom of a conspiracy.
Gordon and eOne announced the partnership in January. EOne will handle worldwide distribution and directly distribute the film in all of its territories including Canada, the U.K., Spain, Benelux, Australia and New Zealand.
Gordon’s feature producing credits include the untitled Steve Jobs biopic, written by Aaron Sorkin with Danny Boyle directing, and “Arms and the Dudes,” with Todd Phillips directing and starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Past film credits include “Source Code,” “2012,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “The Patriot.”
Burger is represented by CAA. Steinhauer is represented by the Gernert Co. and Sylvie Rabineau of RWSG. David Fox represented the Schwartzes and Wechsler in the negotiations.