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Alik Sakharov Directing Political Thriller ‘Forty-Six’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Alik Sakharov, who’s directed and shot multiple episodes of “The Sopranos” and “Game of Thrones,” will direct the political thriller “Forty-Six” for Covert Media and QC Entertainment, Variety has learned exclusively.

Written by J. Craig Stiles, the film centers on a newly elected president who quickly discovers that the U.S. government has been controlled by an ominous organization for decades — and becomes determined to fight back.

“I believe the viewers world over will appreciate watching a story of a man committed to truth,” Sakharov said. “A man, who is uncompromising in his dedication to fight for the beliefs he brought to the White House, a man, who is resolute in his courage to stand up against those who are in the business of undermining the President.”

The script was developed by Stiles and Steve Jones (“You Don’t Know Jack”) of Bee Holder Productions who serves as a producer on the project. QC Entertainment’s Shaun Redick and Covert’s Paul Hanson are also producing.

Executive producers are Covert’s Elissa Friedman, QC Entertainment’s Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick and Edward H. Hamm Jr., Camila Castro of Bee Holder Productions and MCC’s Sasha Shapiro  and Anton Lessine.

“We are incredibly excited to have Alik on board,” Hanson stated. “His visual style and experience with great action-thriller material will truly elevate an already fantastic script.”

Covert Media is co-financing the film with QC Entertainment and will handle all worldwide rights. QC Entertainment will represent North American rights with Covert Media.

Sakharov, a native of Russia, won a primetime Emmy for outstanding cinematography for a single-camera Series for “Rome.” He was nominated for an American Society of Cinematographers Award for the “The Sopranos” episode “Long Term Parking.”

“Alik has achieved outstanding heights with his directing career and his breathtaking cinematic style,” said Redick. “With ‘Forty-Six,’ Alik is set to soar even higher and we have so much confidence in his talent and vision.”

Sakharov has directed episodes of “House of Cards,” “Marco Polo” and “The Americans” and served as a producer/director on “Black Sails.” He recently signed a first-look development deal with The Weinstein Company.

Covert Media was founded last year as a partnership between global private equity fund Media Content Capital (MCC) and Paul Hanson. Its production slate includes “Ophelia,” starring Naomi Watts and Daisy Ridley.

QC Entertainment is a recently formed partnership between Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm’s Darko Entertainment and Movie Package Company’s Ray Mansfield and Shaun Redick.

Sakharov’s deal was negotiated by Covert’s Chet Devaskar and Ray Mansfield on behalf of QC Entertainment. Sakharov is represented by Paul Alan Smith and Varun Monga at ESA.

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