Gary Kurtz, Peter Briggs team for 'Panzer 88'

World War II thriller bsed on script by Briggs, Mason, Cowan

LONDON -- Producer Gary Kurtz and British-born writer Peter Briggs have teamed to drive World War II tank thriller "Panzer 88" onto the big screen, the duo said Friday.

Briggs will direct from his own script he has co-written with Aaron Mason and James Cowan from a concept by Mason and Cowan. Briggs' credits include "Hellboy" and "Alien vs. Predator."

Kurtz, whose resume includes "Star Wars" and "American Graffiti," will be joined through his Corona Pictures by producing partners Richard Johns and Rupert Jermyn.

Kurtz said Briggs has a "proven track record the world over in high-grossing, high-concept movies."

Briggs is also attached to direct his original screenplay, "Mortis Rex," with Jim Jacks producing, and U.K. sales and finance house Intandem handling international sales duties.

The shoot for "Panzer 88" is scheduled to go ahead in Eastern Europe in 2010, the producers said.