Patty Jenkins to Direct Remake of Norwegian Action Comedy 'Jackpot'

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A source with firsthand knowledge of the production says Marvel became concerned that Jenkins was not moving decisively enough and feared the film might miss its November 2013 release date.

'Godzilla' co-writer David Callaham is writing the adaptation, which is based on a Jo Nesbo story

Patty Jenkins has closed a deal to direct Jackpot, a remake of a Norwegian action comedy being made by Focus Features.

The 2011 original, directed by Magnus Martens, told of four men with shady pasts who win big in a sports pool. When it comes to dividing the winnings, however, things escalate to lethal proportions.

The movie is based on a story by Jo Nesbo, the best-selling crime author whose book Headhunters also was adapted into a movie.        

David Callaham, whose credits range from The Expendables to Godzilla, is writing the script.

Will Gluck is producing via his Olive Bridge banner.

Jenkins has shown herself able to direct both crime and comedy. The filmmaker, who has only made one film, the acclaimed Charlize Theron drama Monster, was nominated for an Emmy for her work directing the pilot of The Killing. On the flip side, she has helmed episodes of Arrested Development and Entourage. (She also was rather famously attached to direct Thor 2 at one point, but left due to creative differences with Marvel.)

She is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Jackoway Tyerman.  

Josh McLaughlin, Focus' senior vp production, will oversee the project for the studio along with Olive Bridge executive Jodi Hildebrand.

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