Couvelaire to Direct Killing Suki Flood

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Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films has signed French action helmer Louis-Pascal Couvelaire (Michel Vaillant) to direct an adaptation of Robert Leininger’s cult thriller novel Killing Suki Flood.

Leininger’s novel begins with a chance meeting on a deserted New Mexico highway between Frank, a traveler with a criminal secret, and Suki, a sexy young woman escaping from her sadistic boyfriend. Suki discovers that Frank is carrying a large quantity of stolen cash and he finds that she has taken her boyfriend’s stash of diamonds.

“It’s a very hip, cool road movie, in the style of ‘True Romance’,” said Hadida, who also produced the Tony Scott-helmed picture. Casting is underway on the English-language movie, which is budgeted in the $30 million range. “I hope we’ll shoot this summer in the same Nevada and New Mexico locations which appear in the book,” Hadida said.

The screenplay for “Killing Suki” is by Katherine Tomlinson, who wrote the TV series “La Femme Nikita.”