'Debt' rates high interest for Miramax


John Madden is in negotiations to helm the Nazi-hunting thriller "The Debt" for Miramax.

Matthew Vaughn, director of Marvel Comics' upcoming "Thor," adapted the remake of the 2007 Israeli feature "HaHov" with writer Jane Goldman ("Stardust"). Vaughn, who will produce the project with Marv Films partner Kris Thykier, also is a partner with longtime collaborator Guy Ritchie in Ska Films ("Snatch").

The feature would mark Madden's first jump from the Weinstein-run Miramax to its new Daniel Battsek-led regime. Most of his directorial efforts have been Miramax projects, including "Shakespeare in Love," "Mrs. Brown" and "Proof." His most recent film was the Weinstein Co./MGM thriller "Killshot," filmed in 2005 and still unreleased.

Assaf Bernstein's "HaHov" follows a trio of 1960s Israeli intelligence agents who pursue a Nazi war criminal only to have him escape. More than 30 years later, their target re-emerges, forcing one of the agents to track him down and preserve their decades-old cover-up. As with the original, the remake is expected to feature two actresses playing the female protagonist in the '60s and '90s.

Miramax declined comment. Madden is repped by CAA and U.K.-based Casarotto Ramsay & Associates. (partialdiff)