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WB nabs rights to Harvath books

Gerber, Wasserman to develop thriller

Looking to start a action-thriller franchise, Warner Bros. has picked up feature rights to develop Brad Thor’s Scot Harvath thriller novels and set up development with Warner-based Bill Gerber and Casey Wasserman.

The Harvath tomes center on a field agent who’s a former Navy SEAL involved in counterterrorism ops in the world of underground intelligence.

Gerber told Daily Variety that he’s planning to develop “The Lions of Lucerne” first, as an “origins” story, and credited Wasserman with bringing the Harvath books to his attention. “We think that this could become something like the Jason Bourne franchise,” he added.

“Lucerne” is set on the ski slopes outside Park City, Utah, as terrorists kill 30 agents and kidnap the president, then publicly demand $500 million and privately insist that an anti-fossil fuel proposal in Congress be killed.

Subsequent Thor tomes are “Path of the Assassin,” “State of the Union,” “Blowback,” “Takedown,” “The First Commandment,” “The Last Patriot,” “The Apostle” and “Foreign Influence.”

Deal with Warners also includes “The Athena Project,” due to be published later this month as the first book in a series about a team of female agents trained in black ops. The femme operatives were introduced in “Foreign Influence.”

Jon Berg is overseeing the Harvath projects for the studio.

Gerber, the former president of production for Warners, has produced “Gran Torino,” “Beerfest,” “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Get Carter.” He’s working on developing a remake of “A Star Is Born” and boxing project “Grudge Match” with Peter Segal directing.

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