Wright's 'Hellfighters' lined up in France

'Eagle Eye' scribe to co-produce; Simoneau directing

PARIS -- "Eagle Eye" screenwriter Travis Adam Wright is bringing his "Harlem Hellfighters" to France in a World War I drama directed by Canadian helmer Yves Simoneau, Wright said Tuesday.

"Lord of the Rings" producer Rick Poras has signed on to co-produce with Wright and help secure financing for the project.

Co-written by Robert Davenport, "Hellfighters" tells the true story of black soldiers from Harlem who brought jazz music to France when they were sent there during World War I.

Wright hopes to shoot the project in the U.S. and Gaul with a cast assembled of "the greatest living black actors," he said.

Wright, currently in France as part of Ile-de-France/Franco-American cultural fund's "Autumn Stories" program, is shopping for a French co-producer and scouting locations.

Wright is in talks with the French Ministry of Defense to recreate half a mile of trenches and hopes to begin shooting in July.
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