The Yari Film Group will finance and co-produce the action thriller Kerosene Cowboys to be produced by Dave Riggs and Nickolai Suslov through their Svarog-Afterburner Films banner and Bob Yari.

David Glasser of Yari's sales arm Syndicate Films is talking to buyers here on the Top Gun-style story about hard-living Naval pilots at an elite attack squadron.

Adam Prince adapted the story from Randy Arrington's 2007 novel Kerosene Cowboys: Manning The Spare.

The production will shoot in Russia and the US. Svarog-Afterburner Films have arranged for the US Department Of Defence to provide access to their Fighter Weapons School - the 'Top Gun' training facility - for the first time in 20 years.

Not to be outdone,the Russian Minister Of Defence will provide access to the MIG-29 and Sukhoi-Su 27 Air Force bases and tactical aircraft. LA-based The Collective's Shaun Redick and Yari Film Group COO Bill Immerman negotiated the deal. Redick represents Riggs and Prince and will also executive producer.

'Audiences are hungry for a story about courage, valour and honour,' Yari said. 'This is the sort of big canvas story with lots of action that plays well to audiences around the world.'