Ethan Hawke is set to topline the indie drama Staten Island, with James DeMonaco making his directorial debut, according to Production Weekly.

DeMonaco's script intersects the storylines of three of the borough residents and struggles of getting ahead. DeMonaco adapted the 2005 remake of John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13, that stared Hawke.

DeMonaco's eight-hour drama series The Kill Pit, begins production later this month in Pittsburgh, with Steve Shill (The Sopranos) directing the first four episodes. The Kill Pit, revolves around a downtown bank robbery by a team of American Iraqi-War veterans. More than a dozen hostages from all walks of life are taken, ranging from the daughter of a business tycoon to an adulterous couple. Throughout the eight-hour event, viewers will follow the escalating action as the volatile soldiers plot their way out, the negotiator anticipates their moves and the hostages desperately try to survive. Time is critical and the game intensifies with surprising twists at every turn.

John Leguizamo will play Wolf, the leader of the robbers, Donnie Wahlberg as Horst Cali and Jennifer Ferrin as Chloe.

Filming is scheduled to begin late April in New York.

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