Toronto 2011: Oliver Hirschbiegel to direct Guy Hibbert's 'Eye in the Sky' for FilmNation

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FilmNation acquired the international thriller from BBC Films.

TORONTO -- Glen Basner’s FilmNation has acquired Guy Hibbert’s script Eye in the Sky for Oliver Hirschbiegel to direct, with the hopes of begin prepping the project later this year.

The international thriller follows a group of characters around the globe as they are each impacted by the decision to drop a drone missile on a house in East Africa.

Eye in the Sky is Hibbert and Hirschbiegel’s second collaboration after the critically acclaimed Liam Leeson starrer Five Minutes of Heaven.

FilmNation executive vice president of production Karen Lunder brought in the project, and will produce alongside the company’s president of production Aaron Ryder.

Stephen Wright, who works with the BBC Films, where the project was initially developed, also will produce. He also was a producer on Five Minutes of Heaven.

"As a company we have been searching for a project to do with Oliver for some time. He’s a filmmaker I’ve been pursuing for years and I’m incredibly excited that Guy’s script is going to be that project. It’s one of the best scripts I’ve read in a long time”, said Ryder.

Hirschbiegel (Downfall, Das Experiment) said he was drawn to the project because it examines contemporary warfare and its detachment from real life.

“It’s truly a wild ride focusing on twenty people in different countries and how their decisions impact a street corner somewhere in Nairobi. It’s a story I haven’t seen told before on screen,” Hirschbiegel said.

FilmNation acquired the rights from BBC Films, in cooperation with BBC TV. Zoe Brown brokered the deal for the BBC and Alison Cohen negotiated the deal for FilmNation.

Oliver Hirschbiegel is represented by UTA and by attorney Barry Hirsch. Guy Hibbert is repped by UTA and The Agency in London.