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James Mangold Thaws Icelandic Crime Saga ‘City State’ For English Language Remake

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: James Mangold’s next film will be the X-Men spinoff sequel The Wolverine with Hugh Jackman that 20th Century Fox will put in production next spring, but he has just come attached to direct City State, an Icelandic crime thriller that Mangold and his Tree Line Films partner Cathy Konrad will develop for a remake. They will produce with Danny Sherman and Josh Kesslman of Principal Entertainment.

Written and directed by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson, City State is set in the Icelandic underworld and deals with four people whose lives intersect when a foreign mafia decides to take control of the Icelandic drug market. There is a crooked police captain in love with a prostitute, an aging crime boss with a heart condition looking to get out of the game alive, a mechanic determined to avenge the death of his unborn child, and a female cop who is attacked by thugs and takes matters into her own hands. Mangold’s reps at WME and Management 360 will set this one up quickly. Here is a look at the trailer for the original.

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James Mangold And Cathy Konrad Team With Montecito For ‘Juliet’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Producer Cathy Konrad and James Mangold’s Tree Line Films will partner with Tom Pollock and Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Picture Company on an adaptation of the Anne Fortier novel Juliet. They’ve set the project at Paramount for Mangold to direct, and with Chad and Dara Creasey (New Line’s Mean Moms) writing the script. Mangold is booked to next direct Wolverine 2 for 20th Century Fox next spring.

The protagonist is a twentysomething woman who learns she is a descendant of one of the feuding families made infamous in Romeo and Juliet. She travels to Italy and discovers that the 600-year-old curse is still in effect and her fate is tied to literature’s greatest lovers. Konrad, Pollock, Reitman and Ali Bell will produce.

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