Rob Cohen to Direct Disaster Action-Thriller 'Category 5'

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Foresight Unlimited will introduce the film to buyers at EFM in Berlin in February.

The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen will helm the disaster action-thriller Category 5.

Foresight Unlimited is handling foreign sales on the project and will introduce the film to buyers at EFM in Berlin in February.

Category 5 centers on a team of hackers who break into a U.S. Mint facility on a small coastal town to steal $102 million. But a disastrous Category 5 hurricane strikes at the same time, leaving only a meteorologist and a female treasury agent to stop the thieves from getting away with the heist. The film is slated for production in spring/summer of this year.

Karen Baldwin, Michael Tadross Jr., and Danny Roth are producing while Howard Baldwin, Mark Damon, Bill Immerman and Tamara Birkemoe will executive produce.

“Rob Cohen is an incredibly smart and inventive action director and we are delighted to be part of Category 5,"  Foresight’s Mark Damon said in a statement. " [Scott] Windhauser’s script details an extraordinary race against the elements, which we are confident, with Cohen’s vision, will be a breathtaking adventure for audiences worldwide.”

Said Cohen: “Crossing a heist movie set amidst the intense action of a natural disaster was an idea to which I truly responded. It’s a chance for me to get back to my roots in doing the adrenaline-pumped action/special-effects films I love to create."

Cohen, whose film credits include The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and The Boy Next Door with Jennifer Lopez, is also attached to direct The Adventures of Marco Polo for Paramount. He is repped by Rob Carlson, WME and Link Management.

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