Courtroom tale on Mangold's docket

True-life drama was unveiled at European Film Market

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BERLIN -- James Mangold is coming on board to direct an untitled true-life drama for Bold Films. Mangold also will produce with partner Cathy Konrad via their Treeline Films banner.

The project, being unveiled at the European Film Market, continues Bold's streak of working with name directors as they build their film slate.

The story revolves around two New Orleans brothers who as lawyers take on one of the world's largest oil companies and most prestigious law firms as they fight to represent the families of victims of an oil rig which sank in the South China Sea in a typhoon.

Producer-turned-writer Casey La Scala ("Grind") and actor-turned-writer Sasha Jenson penned the screenplay. The duo discovered the story, flew to New Orleans to obtain the life rights, then brought it to Mangold and Konrad. After getting Mangold's attachment, the writers brought it to Bold.

Bold's Michel Litvak and David Lancaster will also produce. The executive producers are Gary Michael Walters and La Scala.

Bold's worldwide sales on the film are being handled by Stephanie Denton, president of worldwide distribution, and Jim Harvey, executive vp international sales.

Husband-and-wife team Mangold and Konrad last worked on 2007's "3:10 to Yuma." They recently set up "Juliet," an adaptation of an upcoming book by Danish author Anne Fortier, at Universal.

Bold is in production on Joe Dante's 3-D supernatural thriller "The Hole." It also has projects in development with helmers including Philip Noyce, Jay Chandrasekhar and Joseph Ruben.

Mangold is repped by CAA and Management 360. La Scala and Jenson are repped by WMA.
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