Brian Oliver to Produce WWII Spy Thriller 'German Woman' (Exclusive)

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Sister screenwriters Hedre and Farin Ven wrote the script for the New Republic Pictures title.

Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures has acquired the rights to produce and develop The German Woman, a psychological spy-thriller set in WWII Germany, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Sister screenwriters Hedre and Farin Ven wrote the script, which follows the training of three female British secret agents as they are sent behind enemy lines to pose as Nazi propaganda actresses. During the operation, one agent is singled out as the next German film starlet and catapulted to sudden fame, adding a heightened sense of pressure and commitment, especially when questions of love, loyalty and identity all come into play.

Oliver — who co-founded Cross Creek Pictures, where he worked on Black Swan, Ides of March, The Woman in Black, plus recent releases American Made and Flatliners — and fellow Cross Creek alum Courtney Shepard will produce for his recently founded New Republic Pictures. Established this past spring, New Republic aims to make thought-provoking commercial films in a filmmaker-friendly environment.

“The Ven sisters have written an amazingly rich and complex story that feels both timely and appropriate. We’re excited to move forward with development.” stated Oliver.

This is the first script deal for Hedre and Farin Ven, who are represented by Emily Downs of Meyer & Downs, LLP.