Yari saddles up with 'Cowboys'

Fighter pilot actioner "Kerosene Cowboys"

CANNES -- Yari Film Group will finance, co-produce, handle North American distribution and rep Cannes sales for the fighter pilot actioner "Kerosene Cowboys."

Svarog-Afterburner Films' Dave Riggs and Nickolai Suslov and YFG CEO Bob Yari will produce the "Top Gun"-style feature, centering on tough pilots in an elite Naval attack squadron. The film will be shot in the U.S. and Russia, using the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School for the first time in two decades and Russian air force aircraft.

First-timer Adam Prince wrote the script based on based on Randy Arrington's 2007 "Kerosene Cowboys: Manning the Spare" and a treatment by Riggs and Suslov. David Glasser of YFG arm Syndicate Films will rep foreign sales. The Collective's Shaun Redick, who negotiated the deal with YFG's Bill Immerman, will executive produce.