Just a few days before Mad Max: Fury Road is about to hit theaters this weekend, actress Charlize Theron has already found her next project with Focus Features' spy thriller The Coldest City, which will be directed by the John Wick duo of Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. Focus picked up the property through an eight-figure deal for the North American rights, with Sierra/Affinity providing the funding, budgeted at $30 million. The project will be sold to international buyers when the Cannes Film Festival starts next week.
The project is based on Anthony Johnston's Oni Press graphic novel of the same name, which follows a highly-trained spy (Charlize Theron) who investigates the murder of an MI6 agent, who is killed just before the collapse of the Berlin Wall. She is trying to find the list he was attempting to smuggle into the West, to protect herself and the rest of the intelligence community, which turns into a deadly game between numerous double-crossing agents. Production is scheduled to begin this October in Germany.
Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire) wrote the adapted screenplay, with Charlize Theron also producing alongside her Denver and Delilah Productions partners Beth Kono and A.J. Dix, Eric Gitter and Peter Schwerin of Closed on Mondays Entertainment and Kelly McCormick of Sierra/Affinity. Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are also developing John Wick 2, Cowboy Ninja Viking, and the comic book adaptation Bloodshot. After Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize Theron will next be seen in The Huntsman.