Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales on the Sierra Pictures crime thriller Ciudad.

Sierra Pictures will finance and produce the project about a mercenary hired by a Brazilian drug lord to extract his daughter from the dangerous city of Ciudad del Este in neighbouring Paraguay.

Production on Ciudad is scheduled to kick off in Colombia in spring. John Pogue will direct from a screenplay written by Joe Russo, whose credits include scheduled 2014 release Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The script is adapted from the upcoming Oni Press graphic novel by Russo, Anthony Russo, Ande Parks and Fernando Leon.

Eric Gitter and Peter Schwerin are producing the project for Closed On Mondays Entertainment and the Russos serve as executive producers with Closed On Mondays’ Joe Nozemack, David Guillod of Intellectual Property Group and Sierra’s Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg.

Sierra/Affinity’s svp of production and acquisitions Kelly McCormick will oversee production for the company.