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Movie About Anti-Terrorism Lawyer Stephen Flatow in the Works at AG Capital

AG Capital has partnered with Scott LaStaiti on a movie based on the life of Stephen Flatow, whose daughter Alisa was murdered by terrorists during a suicide bombing attack in 1995.

Flatow successfully sued the government of Iran as a state sponsor of terror in connection with the attack on a bus, carried out by militants belonging to the Islamic Jihad Movement in the Gaza Strip in 1995. He also uncovered an international conspiracy exposing corruption within the world’s banking system.

LaStaiti has acquired the exclusive life rights to the story and will produce the feature film alongside Alex Garcia (pictured above) and Laura Walker of AG Capital, who will fully finance the picture. Producers are currently in talks with writers and directors.

“Stephen’s story is truly extraordinary, the very heart of which is a father’s unwavering love for his daughter,” LaStaiti said. “In his relentless pursuit of justice for his daughter’s murder, he uncovered a much deeper conspiracy which reveals systemic injustices still in place today.”

Flatow fought for what is now called the Flatow Amendment, which allows a U.S. citizen to sue foreign nations for damages in cases of state-sponsored terrorism. In the suit that followed, he was awarded a judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran and discovered that some of the world’s largest banks were falsifying documents and laundering money for the Iranians.

The banks included Credit Suisse, Lloyds, BNP, Barclays Bank, ING, Standard Chartered and HSBC.

LaStaiti has also acquired the rights to Flatow’s manuscript and asserts there is “strong interest” at several major publishing houses.

AG Capital is a division of Alex Garcia’s AG Studios, which launched in Cannes and is run by Garcia and former CAA film finance agent Laura Walker. AG Studios operates Itaca Films, Lemon Films, BN Films, Bazooka Films, Altavista Films, and its distribution arm, Latam Pictures.

LaStaiti and Gregory Bailey recently launched Palantir Group as an entertainment fund established to acquire and develop high-profile intellectual property for film and television. Current Palantir projects include Emma Donoghue’s “Frog Music,” which she is also adapting with LaStaiti producing alongside Alison Owen and her Monumental Pictures.

Pictured: Alex Garcia

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