Noyce set to helm ‘Bone’

Thriller based on Deaver novel

Phillip Noyce is attached to direct Universal Pictures’ feature adaptation of “The Bone Collector,” based on the novel by Jeffrey Deaver.

The book, published last year, is about a suicidal, quadriplegic police detective who teams with a female officer to track down a serial killer. Neither of the principal roles has been cast.

The film will be produced by Martin and Michael Bregman’s Bregman Prods., which has made a number of cop thrillers for U, including “Scarface,” “Sea of Love” and “Carlito’s Way.”

Jeremy Iacone (“Bound by Honor”) wrote the script, which is being given a polish by Christopher Crowe (“Fear,” “Last of the Mohicans”). Noyce is supervising development of the project.

Last year Bregman Prods. signed a one-year, first-look production deal with MGM, but this has now lapsed without any pictures going into production.

“Bone” is one of three projects that the busy Noyce is circling. The others are action-thriller “Blast Off” for Polygram-owned Interscope Communications and space Western “The Trail,” a loose remake of John Ford’s “The Searchers,” for Warner Bros.-based Peters Entertainment.

Noyce is still attached to direct Paramount Pictures’ long-gestating adaptation of the Graham Greene novel “The Quiet American.”

Last year, Noyce’s Rumbalara Films inked a first-look deal with Polygram. However, sources said he has not yet decided which will be his first project under that deal.

Noyce last directed Par’s “The Saint.” His other credits include two Tom Clancy adaptations: “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger.” He is repped by Endeavor.

Bregman’s last film was the Touchstone release “Nothing to Lose,” starring Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence. Its Stephen Baldwin thriller “One Tough Cop” was acquired by fledgling distrib Stratosphere Entertainment at this year’s Sundance.

(Michael Speier and Dan Cox contributed to this report.)

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