'Romance' novel picked up by Landscape

Landscape Pictures has acquired feature rights to the Nicholas Flokos novel “Nike: A Romance,” with Javier Bardem attached to star.

Landscape will secure a writer or writer-director to adapt the 1998 novel before setting it up with a studio.

In “Nike,” Bardem would portray a Greek villager who sets out to restore his island’s pride by stealing the statue of the goddess Nike from the Louvre and returning it to the island. When he travels to Paris, he must choose between his patriotic love for the statue and the love he develops for the museum guard who watches over it.

Landscape chairman Bob Cooper and prexy Michael Birnbaum will produce the pic with Jordi Ros (“Rain”) and David Ginsburg. Senior VP Marc Rosen will serve as executive producer.

Rosen optioned the project from Ros, who pitched the project to the UTA-repped Bardem.

Bardem received an Oscar nomination for his work in “Before Night Falls” and next will be seen in John Malkovich’s directorial debut, “The Dancer Upstairs.” He’s currently shooting “Mondays in the Sun” for director Fernando Leon.

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