Columbia's 'International' intrigues Owen


Clive Owen has signed on to star in Columbia Pictures' thriller "The International."

Directed by Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run") from an original screenplay by Eric Singer, the story centers on an obsessive Interpol agent (Owen) who spearheads an investigation into one of the world's most high-profile and powerful banking institutions in an attempt to expose its role in worldwide arms brokering, corruption and murder. His efforts quickly turn into a deeper obsession when he comes up against more resistance by the very law enforcement system he serves.

Mosaic Media Group's Charles Roven and Richard Suckle are producing alongside Lloyd Phillips. John Woo, Terence Chang and Jeff Lurie are executive producing.

Shooting is scheduled to start in September in Europe.

Sony's Matt Tolmach and Shannon Gaulding are shepherding the project for the studio.

Since his breakout performance in "Croupier," Owen has become an in-demand leading man whose credits include Alfonso Cuaron's "Children of Men" and "Derailed," opposite Jennifer Aniston. He won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting turn in Sony Pictures Classics' drama "Closer."

Owen next appears in "Shoot 'Em Up" and the "Elizabeth" follow-up "The Golden Age." He is repped by CAA and Barry Hirsch.