A correction was made to this article on May 3.
New Line’s called in a “Red Cell,” squad, setting up scribe Ben Ripley’s action-thriller with Mike De Luca, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
Story centers on experts convened by Homeland Security being mysteriously picked off one by one, forcing intelligence analysts to figure out which of the experts’ disaster scenarios will come true next.
Pete Chiarelli, president of Kurtzman/Orci Prods., will exec produce.
“Red Cell” is the first project set up at New Line by De Luca, former production chief at the minimajor. Kurtzman and Orci, who helped develop the project, are teamed on scripts for “Mission: Impossible III,” “The Transformers: The Movie” and “Star Trek 11.”
The “Red Cell” title’s derived from actual groups hosted by Homeland Security and using creative thinkers from different vocations to help the government “think outside the box” and prepare for possible terrorist scenarios.
Ripley consulted with his sister, Amanda Ripley, who works for Time magazine on national security coverage. He’s also written a pair of horror projects — “In Vitro” with Ridley and Tony Scott producing at Fox and “WXYZ” with Joel Silver producing at Warner Bros.