October 29, 2013 5:31pm PT by Borys Kit
Universal to Remake South African Crime Movie 'iNumber Number' (Exclusive)
Universal Pictures has optioned the remake rights to iNumber Number, a South African thriller written and directed by Donovan Marsh that premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Chris Morgan, the writer of Universal’s Fast & Furious flicks, and his partner Emile Gladstone will produce the remake via their Universal-based Chris Morgan Productions. Aram Tertzakian of XYZ Films is also producing.
The action thriller centered on an honest undercover officer who, after he's cheated from a major promotion, crosses over from cop to robber in order to orchestrate a major heist that he hopes will be a one-way ticket to easy street. Things go awry when the gang discovers his true identity and take his partner hostage.
Marsh will not write or direct the remake and the studio and producers will seek a new writer for its remake.
Nate Bolotin and Nick Spicer, Tertzakian’s partners at XYZ, will executive produce.
Ainsley Davies will oversee production for Chris Morgan Productions and Kyle Franke for XYZ. Vice president of production Anikah McLaren and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee for the studio.
XYZ Films brokered the underlying rights deal with Universal on behalf of the producers of iNumber Number. (The original film was produced by Quizzical Pictures' Harriet Gavshon as well as JP Potgieter and Mariki van der Walt.)
Marsh is repped by ICM Partners.