You, Me and Dupree helmers Anthony and Joe Russo have signed on to direct Ciudad for Paramount Pictures, reports Variety.

The Russos, who are writing the upcoming Oni Press graphic novel with Ande Parks, are attached to adapt and direct the big screen project.

The story centers on a weary hostage extractor who travels to Paraguay’s Ciudad del Este, a border town considered one of the world’s most dangerous and corrupt locales, to save a kidnap victim.

The trade says the brothers have been researching this story for several years and visited Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as other gritty metropolises to flesh out the story. They will be traveling to the South American city of 250,000 inhabitants soon; they’re looking to return to their gritty filmmaking roots.

Oni Press will publish “Ciudad” in 2009.


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