Alcon moves forward on ‘Rook’ spec

Humphrey thriller to be produced by O'Donnell, Howenstein

Alcon Entertainment has paid mid- against high-six figures for Ted Humphrey’s thriller spec “The Rook,” with George Street Pictures’ Chris O’Donnell and Bing Howenstein attached to produce. Both shingles are based at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Story concerns a young doctor who befriends a convict while moonlighting at the medical ward of a local prison. When the crook is paroled, he convinces the doc to become a “rook” — that is, a distraction — for a bank heist masterminded by an infamous thief. When the doctor’s involvement is uncovered by a female FBI agent, he is forced to work undercover to foil the thieves’ next target.

Alcon VP of development Steve Wegner is overseeing the project for the company, which is headed by Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove.

Humphrey previously wrote the George Street-produced “The Triangle,” slated to air on TNT this summer. He also rewrote “Dust,” which Jan De Bont is attached to direct for Village Roadshow Pictures, and was a writer on the CBS drama “Now and Again.”

Alcon is prepping Warners’ “Insomnia,” to star Al Pacino and Hilary Swank.

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