Mr And MrsSmith director DougLiman and veteran producer Denise Di Novi are teaming up to produce the $8.5mVenice-set thriller called Vaporetto 13 directed by Liman's longtime friend Gregor Von Bismarck.
Based on RobertGirardi's novel of the same name, Vaporetto 13 follows an industrial diver whosepremonitions about a mysterious underwater church and an elusive beauty cometrue on a trip to Venice. The film is due to shoot in Venice in Oct.
Liman will alsobe in Italy this summer to shoot a part of Jumper, a big-budget teleporting adventurewhich he is currently directing for Fox and Regency.
"Gregor andI went to USC grad school together and I loved his short films and alwayswanted to work with him," Liman said of Von Bismarck, who has spent oneyear in Venice researching locations for Vaporetto 13.
"His visionfor Vaporetto isreally cool and unique, a kind of Trainspotting meets Fellini with the passion of OnceWere Warriors set indecaying Venice."
John Ptak andAdam Kanter at CAA are representing the project.