Phillip Noyce to Direct Hunter Killer

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Relativity Media has closed a deal with Phillip Noyce (Salt, The Bone Collector) to direct their upcoming Hunter Killer, based on the novel “Firing Point” by George Wallace (“Final Bearing”) Cdr. USN Ret. and Don Keith (“Final Bearing”). Production is targeted to start in late 2011.

Noyce, known for international action-thrillers such as Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, will helm the film based on the script penned by Jamie Moss (X-Men: First Class, Escape From New York), John Kolvenbach (Coney Island) and Arne Schmidt (Chain Reaction).

Hunter Killer follows an untested submarine captain who must work with a Navy SEAL team to rescue the Russian president, who has been taken prisoner during a military coup, in an effort to stop a rogue Russian General from igniting World War III.

The film is being produced by Original Film’s Neal Moritz (Battle: Los Angeles) and Toby Jaffe (Prom Night), and Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh (Immortals). Relativity’s President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley (The Fighter) will serve as Executive Producer.

Noyce is a client of UTA and was represented by them in the deal. The deal was first reported by Moviehole.