Le Vision Pictures USA has acquired the rights to Jayson Rothwell’s Zodiac: The Year Of The Snake and has brought on-board Bernie Goldmann (The Last Witch Hunter; 300) to produce under his banner Goldmann Pictures. The high-octane story follows a group of international peace keepers, who are inspired by the 12 Chinese zodiac signs.

The English language project is the first to come out of Chinese company Le Vision’s LA-based unit. Deadline first broke the news a year ago that Le Vision was launching an English language division. Le Vision chairman and chief exec Zhang Zhao has been vocal in his desire to create a truly connected studio between China and Hollywood.

Zodiac is the perfect addition to our slate as it encompasses everything we look for in our projects – four quadrant global tent poles with franchise potential,” said Zhang Zhao. “We look forward to collaborating with Bernie and advancing our relationship with future partnerships.”

The deal was negotiated by Steve Saltzman of Loeb & Loeb and EVP Simon Sun. The LeVP USA development team includes Jason Steyaert and Dan Scheinkman, who together with Simon Sun will oversee development.