Foster has rights to bear Zacco's 'Arms'


Producer Lucas Foster has optioned "The Arms of the Sun," a novel by Roberto Zacco first published in Italy by Mondadori.

The novel is part of a trilogy about the ancient Egyptian pharaohs and focuses on Nefertiti, the consort of Akhenaton, the first royal to espouse belief in a single god.

The deal marks the first such foreign foray for Foster's Warp Films, which most recently released "Street Kings," starring Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker, and is prepping the Film Department thriller "Law Abiding Citizen" with Gerard Butler.

"This is a cool book about one of history's most intriguing women," Foster said. "It will be the basis for an epic romantic adventure film — movies like this are why I became a filmmaker."

The project was brought to Warp by Stefano Gallini-Durante, a producer who reps a number of Italian book titles for English- language adaptation.

The film will be produced by Foster and Gallini-Durante, with the script and development financed by Warp. Writers are being screened, but casting is not yet under way.

The deal was facilitated by Lichter, Grossman, Nichols and Adler, the law firm that reps Foster and Gallini-Durante. (partialdiff)