The Mark Gordon Company and eOne Partner on 'All the Old Knives'

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Neil Burger

Neil Burger is attached to direct the spy thriller based on the novel of the same name.

The Mark Gordon Company and Entertainment One are partnering on the spy thriller All the Old Knives, which will be the first project from their recently launched independent studio.

Neil Burger is attached to direct the project, which Olen Steinhaeur has adapted from his novel of the same name. Nick Wechsler will produce with Chockstone Pictures' Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz and Roger Schwartz, who will serve as a co-producer. Casting is expected to begin immediately, with principal photography set to begin by the end of the year.

Knives is a thriller that takes place in the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where two ex-lovers — one CIA spy and one ex-CIA spy — meet for dinner to reminisce about the hijacking of Royal Jordanian Flight 127, which ended in the death of all on board. The question is whether they are meeting to rekindle their romance or to get to the bottom of a conspiracy.

The new partnership between The Mark Gordon Company and eOne, announced in January, is looking to finance and produce film, cable and digital premium content that eOne will distribute internationally.

“Our independent studio is focused on attracting top creative talent and providing them with the resources, support and flexibility to bring their stories to audiences around the world. We are excited to see such strong partners come together on All the Old Knives, and are looking forward to working with Neil, Olen, Nick, Steve and Paula Mae to bring it to life,” Mark Gordon, CEO of The Mark Gordon Company, said.

Worldwide distribution on Knives will be handled by eOne, which will directly distribute the film in all of its territories including Canada, the U.K., Spain, Benelux, Australia and New Zealand.

Burger is represented by CAA. Steinhauer is represented by The Gernert Company and Sylvie Rabineau of RWSG. David Fox represented the Schwartzes and Wechsler in the negotiations.