The writing duo behind 2001′s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider feature has been tapped to remake the Icelandic thriller, City State for New Regency. Patrick Massett and John Zinman will pen the new version of Olaf de Fleur Johannesson’s 2011 feature. We previously reported that director James Mangold (Walk the Line) would be moving onto City State after wrapping on The Wolverine. The story of City State follows four characters caught in the cross-hairs of a drug syndicate and juggles “a crooked police captain in love with a prostitute, an aging crime boss with a heart condition looking to get out of the game alive, a mechanic determined to avenge the death of his unborn child, and a female cop who is attacked by thugs and takes matters into her own hands.” Hit the jump for more on City State.
Variety reports that Massett and Zinman will relocate the Icelandic original to a Stateside setting. The duo, who previously worked together on the television series Friday Night Lights, Caprica and The Finder, also recently submitted a 2010 Black List script, Gold, concerning securities exchange fraud in the U.S. Michael Mann and Paul Haggis are teamed up to direct and produce that project, respectively. Check out the synopsis and trailer for the original Icelandic City State below (via City State the Movie):
Set in modern day Iceland, an immigrant vows revenge after losing his unborn child in an attack by a crime syndicate, thereby binding his fate with a troubled policewoman, her corrupt police commander, and a crime lord who’s losing his edge.