Van Damme, Jones loaded for 'Weapon'

Flagship Films actioner being shopped at Cannes

CANNES -- Action stars Jean Claude Van Damme and Vinnie Jones will play rival assassins who form an uneasy alliance in "Weapon," which Russell Mulcahy will direct for new production company Flagship Films.

Founded by producers Alison Semenza and Todd Moyer, Flagship is aiming to begin production on the film in August in and around Vancouver, Calif. Flagship's goal is to produce five films per year, with as many as three to be filmed in 2009.

Jere Hasfater and John Fremes' Essential Entertainment is handling international sales in Cannes. Domestic rights will be represented jointly by ICM and Gersh.

In the movie, Jones will play a master sharpshooter while Van Damme's character is skilled with a knife. The two join forces to take down the head of a drug cartel, backed by the DEA.

Mulcahy, whose credits include the first two "Highlander" movies, recently completed "Give 'Em Hell, Malone." Mulcahy and Jones are repped by APA.

Moyer spent a seven-year stint at Dark Horse Comics and served as co-producer on "Virus" and "Time Cop" as as a producer on "Barb Wire." Under his own shingle, No Prisoners Productions, he produced "Wing Commander" and "George and the Dragon."

Semenza has produced more than 50 films, starting at Royal Oaks Entertainment and moving on to Phoenician Films. Among her credits are "The Green Dragon," "ZigZag," "Pursued" and "Powder Blue," which has just been completed.