Miramax to cash in on 'Debt'


Miramax has signed on to remake the Israeli thriller "The Debt," acquiring a spec from Guy Ritchie collaborator and "Layer Cake" director Matthew Vaughn and Vaughn's writing partner Jane Goldman.

"Debt" revolves around three Mossad agents who, 20 years after World War II's end, learn that a Nazi war criminal is still alive and set out to pursue him across Europe. Assaf Bernstein directed the 2007 Israeli film, titled "HaHov," which like the remake is set in the 1960s and 1990s. The Israeli movie was not released stateside.

Vaughn and Ritchie have worked together on a number of films, with Vaughn also producing Ritchie's crossover hit "Snatch."

Miramax acquired worldwide rights to the project, which Vaughn and producing partner Kris Thykier will produce through their Marv Films shingle. Miramax production and development vp David Greenbaum will oversee the project under president of production Keri Putnam.

Vaughn and Goldman were behind "Stardust," the Neil Gaiman adaptation released last year by Paramount; Vaughn directed the film and co-wrote it with Goldman. Vaughn also is attached to direct Marvel Studios' tentpole "Thor," based on the comic superhero. (partialdiff)