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    Mandate enters 'Gangland'

    Nacho Vigalondo set to direct; Pat Healy to pen script

    The Hollywood Reporter
    July 30, 2009

    By Borys Kit

    Nacho Vigalondo will direct `Gangland,' an action comedy based on his
    idea that will be written by Pat Healy. The project is from Mandate
    Pictures and Steve Zaillian via their Film Rites co-venture.

    The story revolves around a team of video-game developers who get in
    over their heads after they promise to deliver the most realistic game
    of all time, titled `Gangland,' and soon find themselves having to
    survive by their own wits in a real-life criminal underworld.

    Zaillian will produce and Nathan Kahane will executive
    produce. Garrett Basch brought in the project and will oversee in a
    producing capacity with Tendo Nagenda.

    Film Rites' aim is to produce projects by Zaillian, the Oscar-winning
    writer of `Schindler's List' and `Gangs of New York,' in addition to
    emerging writers and filmmakers. Zaillian already was a fan of
    Vigalondo's work in Spain; he and Basch are producing an
    English-language remake of his Spanish film `Timecrimes,' set up at

    Film Rites has a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

    Actor-turned-scribe Healy, repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment,
    most recently wrote several episodes of HBO's `In Treatment.' His
    scripts `Snow Ponies' and `Strange Skies' were included on the Black
    List, an annual listing of the most-liked scripts in Hollywood.

    Vigalondo, repped by ICM and Miners Mills Entertainment, received an
    Oscar nomination for his short film `7:35 in the Morning.'
    `Timecrimes' made its U.S. debut at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. ntent_display/news/e3ia2224c3f78e5a3ceb6129fdc382e a21a

    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress