Mark Damon will produce the $30M action film alongside James Gibb, Benedict Carver, Timothy Wayne Peternel, and John Moore.
The Englishman was developed by London-based Derby Street Films. Derby Street's Nicola Horlick and Rachel Green are executive producing, together with Shaun Redick, Ray Mansfield, Ash Shah, Chris Hanley, Peter Veverka, and Foresight's President, Tamara Birkemoe. Envision Entertainment's Stepan Martirosyan, Vitaly Grigoriants, and Remington Chase will also be executive producers on the film.
Set to shoot in South Africa early next year, The Englishman is a true story based on the book "Once a Pilgrim" by Will Scully. It unfolds in real time as Will Scully, an ex-SAS officer turned mercenary, gets caught up in a military coup in Africa. Trapped in a hotel together with thousands of innocent civilians and completely surrounded by hostile rebels, he single-handedly takes on the enemy until he can get all the civilians safely evacuated.
The Englishman represents the fifth collaboration between Foresight and the Envision partners, Stepan Martirosyan, Vitaly Grigoriants, and Remington Chase. In addition to the upcoming Lone Survivor, directed by Peter Berg, and also starring Mark Wahlberg, and set to release in December this year by Universal, they are preparing the upcoming Spinning Gold, starring Justin Timberlake, which is set to go early next year. The two companies have also just completed production on Castle Rock's, And So It Goes..., helmed by Rob Reiner, and starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.
Stepan Martirosyan and Mark Damon had this to say about the project.
Director John Moore commented.
Nicola Horlick expressed his excitement for the project.
John Moore made his directorial debut with 20th Century Fox's action adventure Behind Enemy Lines, starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. He continued to collaborate with the studio on films that include The Omen, Max Payne and A Good Day to Die Hard, which earned over $300 million worldwide.
William Wisher Jr. has collaborated frequently with John Moore. His credits include: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Judge Dredd, Exorcist: The Beginning and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist.
With casting underway, Tricia Wood is onboard as the casting agent for the film.