The Hollywood Reporter says Miramax has signed on to remake the Israeli thriller The Debt, acquiring a spec script from Guy Ritchie collaborator and Layer Cake director Matthew Vaughn and Vaughn’s writing partner Jane Goldman.
The Debt revolves around three Mossad agents who, 20 years after World War II’s end, learn that a Nazi war criminal is still alive and set out to pursue him across Europe. Assaf Bernstein directed the 2007 Israeli film, titled HaHov, which like the remake is set in the 1960s and 1990s. The Israeli movie was not released stateside.
Vaughn and Ritchie have worked together on a number of films, with Vaughn also producing Ritchie’s crossover hit Snatch.
Vaughn is not expected to helm “Debt”; a number of directors are said to be circling the project.