Mangold takes case for Bold legal drama


James Mangold is coming aboard to direct an untitled true-life legal drama for Bold Films. He also will produce with partner Cathy Konrad via their Treeline Films banner.

The project, being unveiled at the European Film Market, continues Bold's streak of working with name directors as it builds its slate.

The story revolves around two New Orleans lawyer brothers who take on one of the world's largest oil companies and most prestigious law firms as they represent the families of victims of an oil rig that sank in a typhoon in the South China Sea.

Producer-turned-writer Casey La Scala ("Grind") and actor-turned-writer Sasha Jenson penned the screenplay.

Bold's Michel Litvak and David Lancaster also will produce. Gary Michael Walters and La Scala will executive produce.

Bold's Stephanie Denton and Jim Harvey are handling worldwide sales.

Husband-and-wife team Mangold and Konrad most recently worked on 2007's "3:10 to Yuma." They recently set up "Juliet," an adaptation of an upcoming book by Anne Fortier, at Universal.

Bold is in production on Joe Dante's 3-D supernatural thriller "The Hole." It also has projects in development with helmers including Phillip Noyce, Jay Chandrasekhar and Joseph Ruben.

Mangold is repped by CAA and Management 360. La Scala and Jenson are repped by WMA. (partialdiff)