Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo have found a new home for their graphic novel movie adaptation Ciudad, an upcoming Oni Press title about a weary mercenary hired by a Brazilian drug lord to extract his daughter from Paraguay’s Ciudad del Este, one of the world’s most dangerous and corrupt cities. Sierra Pictures has come aboard to finance and produce the adaptation, which is now scheduled to begin production in spring 2014 in Colombia. John Pogue (The Quiet Ones) is aboard to direct Joe Russo’s script, and Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales. The Russos, Ande Parks, and Fernando Leon created the graphic novel. This is mostly the same producer group that had this project set up with financier Emmett/Furla Films last year with Dwayne Johnson attached — neither Emmett/Furla nor Johnson are involved in this incarnation. Eric Gitter and Peter Schwerin are producing via their Closed on Mondays Entertainment, with the Russos and Closed on Mondays’ Joe Nozemack executive producing with David Guillod of Intellectual Property Group. Sierra’s Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg will also executive produce. Closed on Mondays’ James Lucas Jones and Steven V. Scavelli will co-produce, and Sierra/Affinity’s SVP Production and Acquisitions Kelly McCormick will oversee.
Sierra Pictures To Finance And Produce John Pogue-Directed ‘Ciudad’ Based On Russo Bros Graphic Novel
EXCLUSIVE: Dwayne Johnson has signed on to star in Ciudad, an intense action thriller to be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. The pic is being produced by Eric Gitter and Peter Schwerin of Closed on Mondays Entertainment (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World), as well as Emmett/Furla Films partners Randall Emmett & George Furla. Emmett/Furla Films will finance the movie. Envision Entertainment’s Stepan Martirosyan and Remington Chase, who have a film fund with Emmett/Furla Films, will executive produce. The Russo Brothers will direct from a script written by Joe Russo.
Ciudad is based on the upcoming Oni Press graphic novel that the Russo Brothers co-wrote with Ande Parks. Set in one of the most dangerous and corrupt cities in the world, the thriller will star Johnson as a black market mercenary hired by a Brazilian drug lord to rescue his kidnapped daughter.
EXCLUSIVE: Emmy-winning directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo have signed a two-year exclusive development deal with Universal Media Studios. The two will relocate to UMS from Sony Pictures TV, where they were under overall deals for the past four years. It will be a pretty seamless transition as the Sony TV-produced comedy Community, on which the Russo brothers directed the pilot and serve as directors/executive producers, airs on NBC. Under their pact with UMS, the two will remain executive producers on the underrated single-camera comedy, which is starting to get recognition, recently landing best comedy series nominations from the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. “Our new deal with the Russo brothers shows that NBC is looking for creative producers who are both successful and not afraid to take chances,” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “Their unique vision and ingenuity should result in some very edgy content that will capture everyone’s attention.”