Attackships On Fire creatives Sam Akina and Jules Jones have been tapped to write the English language adaptation of Xiaogang Feng's 2005 film "A World Without Thieves" for producer Duncan Kenworthy (Notting Hill, Love Actually) and Toledo Productions. Feng will return to the directors chair for the English language reboot and the Huayi Brothers (Kung Fu Hustle) will executive produce with Toledo Productions. The updated action thriller will follow a pair of contract killers who protect an innocent young boy along a dangerous train ride through Europe with assassins from their former agency in hot pursuit.
Akina and Jones delivered a 70 page scriptment back in April, to glowing reviews from Kenworthy. Following minor revisions, an 80 page scriptment was delivered to Xiaogang in China. The director responded last week with an email praising the story's direction and execution thus far, writing "it has ignited my passion to pursue this project." Commenting on the progress so far, writer Sam Akina said "We took a lot of risks with the treatment. Our goal was to take the story to a different level while maintaining the integrity and spirit of the original. So far, Duncan and Xiaogang seem to like the direction we are heading in, but there is still a lot of work left to do."
Kenworthy's last film, 2011's "The Eagle" was directed by Academy Award Winner Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), and starred Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe, 21 Jump Street) Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), and Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty, Sherlock Holmes).