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Here's an unlikely movie pairing: Politically inclined indie filmmaker Spike Lee and mega-blockbuster director/producer James Cameron, who are reportedly looking to team up on the terrorist thriller 'Nagasaki Deadline.'

Deadline is reporting that Lee is closing a deal to direct, with Cameron on board as one of the film's producers via his Lightstorm Entertainment company.

'Nagasaki Deadline' follows a troubled FBI agent and his desperate race to thwart two terrorist attacks on American soil. While racing against the clock to stop the current attacks, the fed -- would we be wrong to assume that Lee's favorite leading man Denzel Washington gets first crack at the role? -- pursues a hunch that the plot is tied to historical events.

The project has its own troubled history: It was shelved after 9/11 when the plot too eerily mirrored real life. A recent attempt to revive the film, with a rewrite from 'Cast Away's' William Broyles fell apart when then-director Martin Campbell opted to make 'The Green Lantern' with Ryan Reynolds instead. Spike LeeDeadline is reporting that Oscar nominated director Spike Lee is closing a deal to direct the upcoming thriller 'Nagasaki Deadline,' with James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment on board to produce.

'Nagasaki Deadline' follows a troubled FBI agent and his desperate race to thwart two terrorist attacks on American soil. While racing against the clock to stop the current attacks, the fed -- would we be wrong to assume that Lee's favorite leading man Denzel Washington gets first crack at the role? -- pursues a hunch that the plot is tied to historical events.

The project has its own troubled history: It was shelved after 9/11 when the plot too eerily mirrored real life. A recent attempt to revive the film, with a rewrite from 'Cast Away's' William Broyles fell apart when then-director Martin Campbell opted to make 'The Green Lantern' with Ryan Reynolds instead.

This will be the first feature for Lee since 2008's 'Miracle at St. Anna,' and his first commercial thriller since his solid 2006 hit 'Inside Man,' which marks Lee's highest box-office draw to date. There's been no word on the sequel to 'Inside Man,' which would see the return of characters played by Washington and Clive Owen, since it was reported to be "moving ahead" in 2008 by the Hollywood Reporter.

Original 'Nagasaki' screenwriters David and Peter Griffiths ('The Hunted') are now reworking the script for a planned 2011 start date.

Alcon Entertainment will finance, and partners Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce, as will Lightstorm Entertainment partners Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini and 8:38 Productions' Kira Davis.