TriStar Pictures has stamped the visa for a government thriller pitch called “Embassy” for Tony Lord and Matt Weaver to produce, sources said Wednesday.
The pitch, which came from scripter Dave Ryan, is about a Georgetown U. political science major who works as a delivery boy for a restaurant and gets tangled in a high-stakes game of international espionage. The action would take place in the world of political embassies in Washington.
Sources said the pitch sold in the low six figures.
Ryan developed the pitch from an idea from Lord/Weaver Prods., which has a first-look deal with TriStar.
Former TriStar creative exec Nate Hopper originally had brought the project to the studio, but he recently left to take over Judd Apatow’s production company at New Line Cinema.
TriStar exec VP of production Amy Baer will handle the project, and will be assisted by junior exec Ben Cosgrove.
Ryan’s credits include a spec he sold to Columbia Pictures called “Fever,” and “715,” a Showtime pic about Hank Aaron’s momentous record-breaking home run.
Ryan was repped by David Lubliner of the William Morris Agency.