Producer boards DreamWorks action thriller

Steve Zaillian to produce film project from John Hlavin

Steve Zaillian has come aboard to produce DreamWorks' untitled action thriller from John Hlavin. Zaillian will produce via his DreamWorks-based Film Rites banner.

The studio picked up the script two weeks ago with no producers attached.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the story is described as an inter¬nationally set heist movie.

Film Rites' Garrett Basch will executive produce.

Film Rites sees itself as a writer-driven company looking to produce original films. Among the projects on its slate are "The Cold Light of Day," set up at Summit and shooting this summer in Spain, and Sony's "Welcome to the Rileys," which screens Friday at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Film Rites also has Sacha Gervasi's "My Dinner With Herve" set up at Mandate.

The company signed a two-year, first-look deal with DreamWorks last month.
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