EXCLUSIVE: New Zealander Toa Fraser will follow his forthcoming Best Foreign Oscar entry The Dead Lands with 6 Days, an action thriller depicting the tense hostage situation that ensued when armed gunmen stormed London’s Iranian Embassy in April of 1980. Fraser will re-team with his Dead Lands team of writer Glenn Standring, producer Matthew Metcalfe, and XYZ Films on 6 Days, which XYZ is executive producing and will rep worldwide rights on next month at AFM.
The real-life Iranian Embassy siege went down in Princes Gate, London when six armed men took over two dozen people hostage making demands on behalf of the Arab sovereignty movement, inspired by the Iran hostage crisis which began the year prior. On the sixth day following the execution of one of the hostages, members of Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS) were dispatched by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to raid the building, culminating in a violent end to the weeklong stand-off.
Some of the SAS members present that day have been tapped as consultants on the film, which will go before cameras next year. Auckland-based General Film Corporation is aboard as financer. Meanwhille, Fraser’s Maori action-thriller The Dead Lands premiered last month at the Toronto Film Festival and will be released this year by Magnolia’s Magnet Releasing as New Zealand’s official Oscar entry. Fraser is repped by Paradigm.