Owen, 2929 crank it up for 'Cartagena'

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Clive Owen and Mark Cuban are heading to Colombia.

The "Children of Men" star is attached to "Cartagena," a story about an undercover agent amid Colombian drug cartels, for Cuban's 2929 Prods., overseen by veteran producer Marc Butan. Nick Wechsler and Management 360 also are producing.

Gersh-repped Michael Ross, who penned the Fox Atomic horror pic "Turistas" and recently was signed to Overture's remake of Icelandic thriller "Jar City," has been attached to write the screenplay.

"Cartagena" centers on an undercover agent who gets caught in a complex plot and must elude drug dealers and international agents if he hopes to survive. The project is named for a city on Colombia's northern coast that has a colorful history featuring wars, robust economic activity and tourist development.

Colombia, a hotbed of political intrigue and violent drug wars, has become fertile cinematic ground. Warner Bros. and Sony this year acquired projects about the rescue of 15 hostages from the rebel FARC group, a controversial Marxist organization that U.S. authorities have said has ties to drug cartels.

CAA-repped Owen stars in Tom Tykwer's upcoming global-arms thriller "The International" for Relativity and Scott Hicks' single-parent drama "The Boys Are Back," which Miramax will release. Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929 also is behind the Weinstein Co.'s post-apocalyptic tale "The Road," starring Viggo Mortensen. (partialdiff)
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