Strong's psychological thriller reunites helmer with genre

Fox-based producer Arnold Kopelson has kicked off the new year by snapping up 160-page psychosexual thriller book proposal “The Decoy” by Tony Strong.

CAA’s Bob Bookman and London-based Sam North of AP Watt Ltd. brokered the deal for Brit tyro scribe Strong, who is said to have received low-six figures against a high-six backend if the movie gets made.

Kopelson and his creative staff read the proposal last weekend and quickly decided to pre-empt any other offers. The completed manuscript is expected to arrive to the producer shortly.

Familiar genre

Thematically, this is a return to form for Kopelson, who rolled out several psychological thrillers under his previous Warner Bros. shingle, such as “The Fugitive” and “A Perfect Murder.”

Story is about Claire, who works for private eye pal Henry; he makes a living setting up male subjects of investigation by sicking a female “decoy” on them to see if they’ll make a pass at her.

Sex can entrap

The business turns serious when one of Henry’s clients is murdered, apparently by a sex killer. Claire agrees to help the cops entrap the suspect, posing as a single girl looking for someone to share her unusual fantasies.

But when the suspect Claire is tasked with seducing and exposing turns out to be equally adept at using sexual fantasies to throw off the pursuers, the picture turns muddled for everyone involved. Has someone lied to Claire about the real purpose of her mission?

U.S. publishing rights for “Decoy” are understood still to be available.

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