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‘American Sniper’ Producer, ‘Secretary’ Director Team on Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Rupture’

Andrew Lazar is producing the indie movie, which will be directed by Steven Shainberg

Coming off 2014’s highest grossing film, “American Sniper,” Oscar-nominated producer Andrew Lazar has teamed with “Secretary” director Steven Shainberg on the sci-fi adventure thriller “Rupture,” it was announced Thursday.

Brian Nelson (“30 Days of Night”) wrote the script, based on a story by Nelson and Shainberg.

Story follows a single mother, struggling to raise her son alone, who is abducted by a mysterious organization. While trying to escape, she uncovers an extraordinary secret about herself.

Tango Pictures, which is a partnership between Christina Weiss Lurie, Shainberg and Lazar, is teaming with Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group to make the film. Christina Weiss Lurie (“Inside Job” ) will produce the film with Lazar.

AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of AMBI Group, is handling international sales and will formally present the project in Cannes.

“I’m very excited to be partnering with AMBI Group. Andrea and Lady Monika are very forward-thinking financiers and filmmakers, and this film will be the beginning of a fantastic relationship between Tango and AMBI,” said Lazar.

“When Andrew approached us with this project, it may have been our quickest ‘yes’ to date — and we are fast movers!,” said Iervolino. “’Rupture’ is an ‘event’ movie that has all the elements you’d look for in a massively commercial film. We’re excited to bring this project to life with Andrew, Christina, Steven and Brian.”

“We’re fortunate to have such great producing partners in Andrew and Christina, who strive, as we do, to make memorable films and enjoy the process and passion that goes into each production. Couple this with a spellbinding story from Steven Shainberg and our excitement and expectations grow even higher,” added Bacardi.

AMBI is currently in production on James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle,” which features an ensemble cast led by Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Nat Wolff, Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene, Ahna O’Reilly, John Savage and Sam Shepherd. The film is based on John Steinbeck’s gritty novel, which depicts the struggle between labor and capital in 1930s America as close to all-out warfare.

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