'Con Air' Director Tackling Crime Story With 'Sinsinawa' (Exclusive)

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'Rob the Mob' scribe Jonathan Fernandez wrote the spec based on a real detective he met while researching his 2014 movie.

Director Simon West, best known for helming Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and his producing partner Jib Polhemus have acquired Sinsinawa, a spec script by Jonathan Fernandez.

Harry Stourton is also part of the team involved in the acquisition and will produce with West and Polhemus.

The story is set in motion after dead bodies start floating to the surface in every lake, pond, and river in New York City. One of the greatest NYPD detectives is brought back to solve the case. The only problem — after suffering a nervous breakdown, he’s unsure what’s real and what’s not. The clues, his partner, even the killer may all exist only in his mind.

Fernandez wrote and exec produced Rob the Mob, a crime drama that starred Michael Pitt and Andy Garcia. The movie centered on a couple who robbed Mafia social clubs. While researching the film, Fernandez met a detective from the 44th precinct in the Bronx who not only helped inform that movie but whose character so intrigued him he left compelled to write a story based on the man.

Sinsinawa is based on a true story.

Fernandez was a story editor and writer on Star Trek: Enterprise, and his other feature credits include Crisis in the Kremlin. He is repped by Paradigm, Britton Rizzio at Writ Large, and Jared Levine at Morris Yorn.

West last directed Millennium’s all-star action movie The Expendables 2 and is prepping to shoot a remake of The Blob, to star Samuel L. Jackson, later his year. He is repped by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman.