Warrior Helmer To Direct “Yakuza”

Gavin O’Connor (“Warrior”) is set to direct the contemporary Japan-set thriller “Yakuza” at Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment says Deadline.

The story follows an American intelligence expert who becomes embroiled in the affairs of a notorious yakuza godfather and finds himself plunged into the violent criminal underworld and toxic landscape of a post-tsunami Japan.

Aaron & Matthew Benay and Chap Taylor penned the script while O’Connor and Josh Fagin will perform re-writes. Brian Grazer is producing.