December 15, 2008 / 8:41 AM / 10 years ago

Filmmakers spy true-life Mossad thriller

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A pair of screenwriters are pulling back the curtain on the Mossad, writing an untitled project involving the Israeli intelligence agency.

The film will follow the true story of the disappearance of a 9-year-old boy from the streets of Jerusalem in the early 1960s. The so-called Yossele Case took on major importance in the nascent state, which was striving to be seen as a country that would provide a safe haven for Jews throughout the world. The police proved to be ineffectual, and the prime minister called on the Mossad to step in.

The script comes from Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor, who may also direct. The film’s producer, Alain Goldman (“La Vie en Rose”), hopes to move fast on the project, with a spring shoot being eyed.

“It’s a Mossad story and will be entertaining, but it asks the very deep question: Is Israel a state that can’t protect its children?” said Goldman. “It’s the opposite of ‘Munich’: It’s the rare occasion that Mossad is called for something that does not involve killing.”

Nattiv and Tadmor wrote and directed “Strangers,” an Israeli film that played the festival circuit.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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