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John Pogue will direct action-thriller Ciudad for Sierra Pictures, based on the upcoming Oni Press graphic novel by Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Ande Parks and Fernando Leon.
Joe Russo — who co-directed Marvel’s upcoming sequel Captain America: The Winter Solider with his brother Anthony — is writing the adapted screenplay for Ciudad, about a weary mercenary who is hired by a Brazilian drug lord to extract his daughter from Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, one of the world’s most corrupt cities.
Sierra Pictures is financing and producing the movie alongside Eric Gitter and Peter Schwerin of Closed on Mondays Entertainment. The Russo siblings and Closed on Mondays’ Joe Nozemack will executive produce with David Guillod of Intellectual Property Group. Sierra’s Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg will also executive produce the project.
Sierra Pictures is a division of Sierra/Affinity, which will sell the film overseas. Pogue is set to begin shooting this spring in Colombia, with Sierra/Affinity senior vp production and acquisitions Kelly McCormick overseeing production.
Pogue’s credits include the upcoming horror film The Quiet Ones, produced by Hammer Films.
He’s represented by Resolution and Circle of Confusion, while the Russo brothers are represented by WME and 3 Arts.
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