December 04, 2012 11:13am PT by Borys Kit
Silver Pictures Picks Up Remake Rights to French Heist Film 'Le Convoyeur' (Exclusive)
Silver Pictures continues rolling on its hot acquisitions streak, picking up the remake rights to the French heist film Le Convoyeur. Studio Canal is fully financing the development of the project, which is being retitled Cash Truck.
The original 2004 film centered on a father driving behind an armored car when masked gunmen attempt to hijack the vehicle. Stray gunfire hits the father's car, killing the son he was traveling with. Seeking to avenge the death and suspecting an inside job, he takes job with the armored car company.
The project had in been in development at Paramount and Mu Image/Millennium and had drafts from Andrew Kevin Walker and David Ayer.
A search for a new writer is underway.
The collaboration between Silver and French production/financing/distribution entity StudioCanal on Convoyeur continues to strengthen the bonds between the two companies. The two partnered on the Liam Neeson thriller Unknown and are working together on Non-Stop, the thriller that is currently in production in New York and that also stars Neeson. The pair is also working on an adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel Prone Gunman with Sean Penn attached to star.
The deal for Convoyeur comes a week after Silver Pictures picked up action spec Straight Edge from Rich Wilkes (XXX) and on top of recent acquisitions The Outsider and Sanctuary as well as the micro budget thriller Home Invasion.