Miramax Films is partnering with Matthew Vaughn and Kris Thykier's London-based MARV Films on The Debt. Miramax has acquired world rights to the screenplay, which reunites Vaughn with his Stardust co-writer Jane Goldman.
The film is a re-make of the Israeli film The Debt (Ha-Hov), a spy thriller about three Mossad agents who hunt down a Nazi war criminal over 30 years. Vaughn and Thykier will produce for MARV.
'The Debt is a compelling story and is exactly the kind of project that Miramax wants to be involved in,' said Miramax president Daniel Battsek. 'Matthew is a tremendous talent and we are thrilled to begin a partnership with both he and Kris.'
Thykier added: 'The Debt has been a passion project for Matthew and I and we are delighted to have signed with a team that mirrors that passion. We believe that Daniel, Keri and David are the best possible partners for this film and look forward to working with them to bring it to life and then on to the widest possible audience.'
Miramax's Michael Luisi, EVP business affairs & operations, and Peter McPartlin, VP business & legal affairs, negotiated the deal with Phil Raskind and Stephen Espinoza on behalf of MARV.
David Greenbaum, Miramax VP production & development will oversee the project under president of production Keri Putnam.
MARV also has a three-year first-look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment.