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Relativity Hires Noyce to Direct Hunter Killer

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 17, 2011 at 9:51AM

While Relativity may not be the answer to all of Hollywood's prayers, the upstart distrib is putting some movies into production. CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has hired respected veteran A-list director Philip Noyce (Salt, Clear and Present Danger) to direct Hunter Killer, set to start shooting late this year.
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While Relativity may not be the answer to all of Hollywood's prayers, the upstart distrib is putting some movies into production. CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has hired respected veteran A-list director Philip Noyce (Salt, Clear and Present Danger) to direct Hunter Killer, set to start shooting late this year.

Jamie Moss (X-Men: First Class, Escape from New York), John Kolvenbach (Coney Island) and Arne Schmidt (Chain Reaction) adapted the novel Firing Point by George Wallace Cdr. USN Ret. and Don Keith about an untested submarine captain who joins a Navy SEAL team to rescue the imprisoned president of Russia and stop a rogue Russian General who is bent on launching World War III.

Kavanaugh will produce with Original Film’s Neal Moritz (Battle: Los Angeles) and Toby Jaffe (Prom Night), with Relativity’s production chief Tucker Tooley as Exec producer. Relativity recently signed Julia Roberts to star in their Snow White project.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.