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Ted Field’s Radar Pictures has come on board to produce crime thriller “Brackish Water,” with Noah Harald set to direct from his own script, Variety has learned exclusively.

Field, Benjamin Friedberg and Mike Weber will produce for Radar. “Brackish Water,” set in Louisiana’s criminal underworld, was developed by Harald and Friedberg after the latter signed an overall producing deal with Radar.

The duo then commenced production on a short film as a “proof of concept” teaser — a growing trend in the world of independent production. Harald and Friedberg raised the funds to create the short via an equity investor and are in the process of completing financing to shoot the film in late 2015.

“To find a company that completely gets this gritty twist on the revenge thriller and also happens to have produced stacks of films that I love feels like a perfect marriage,” said Harald.

The logline is under wraps.

“He delivered a strong script which features a well paced story, two dynamic lead characters and solid supporting roles,” Field said. “The lead female role is particularly well written and should prove enticing to actresses seeking a complex, well-rounded character to explore.”

“Brackish Water” will be Harald’s second feature film as a director, following drama “Speak Now,” starring Rosie Matta. He has extensive credits as a TV director on “Squad Car,” “One Last Bite” and “Attack of the Show.”

Radar is in pre-production on indie comedy “Homecoming” and on political thriller “High Wire Act” with Rosamund Pike on board to star opposite Jon Hamm. Radar has produced and exec produced more than 60 feature films dating back to “Revenge of the Nerds” and including “The Last Samurai,” “Runaway Bride,” “Three Men and a Baby,” “Cocktail,” “Spring Breakers” and “Riddick.”

Friedberg is a partner in YayBig Productions, a Los Angeles-based commercial production company founded by Sherwin Shilati. He is represented by Sebastian Hoskins of Hoskins Dieuvil.

Harald is repped by Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment.