John Pogue to Helm Ciudad
Sierra Pictures announced today that they are set to finance and produce Ciudad, a big screen adaptation of the upcoming Oni Press graphic novel by Captain America: The Winter Soldier helmers Joe and Anthony Russo and Ande Parks and Fernando Leon. John Pogue (The Quiet Ones) is attached to direct with Joe Russo himself providing the adapted screenplay. Production is targeting a spring 2014 shoot in Columbia.
The story follows a weary mercenary, who is hired by a Brazilian drug lord to extract his daughter from one of the world’s most dangerous and corrupt cities: Paraguay’s Ciudad del Este.
Dwayne Johnson was said to be eyeing the leading role in the film last year, but he appears to no longer be involved.
Eric Gitter and Peter Schwerin are producing the project through the Closed on Mondays Entertainment banner. Joe and Anthony Russo and Closed on Mondays’ Joe Nozemack will executive produce with David Guillod of Intellectual Property Group. Sierra’s Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg will also executive produce the project. Closed on Mondays’ James Lucas Jones and Steven V. Scavelli will co-produce with Kelly McCormick, Sierra/Affinity’s Senior Vice President of Production and Acquisitions, overseeing.