'8 Mile' scribe to rewrite Summit actioner

Summit Entertainment’s moving forward on “The Osterman Weekend,” tapping Jesse Wigutow (“8 Mile”) to rewrite its long-gestating action-thriller, based on Robert Ludlum’s novel.

Project, which has been in development since 2007, is being directed by Robert Schwentke and produced by Peter Davis via Davis-Panzer Prods., Simon Kinberg through his Genre Films, Doug Liman, and Jeffrey Weiner on behalf of Ludlum Entertainment. Henry Morrison will executive produce.

Story centers on the John Tanner character, on the eve of an annual weekend getaway with friends, being visited by a reporter who tells him his friends aren’t who he thinks they are. When the reporter turns up dead, Tanner gets caught in downward spiral of doubt and paranoia and, ultimately, a desperate fight to stay alive long enough to figure out who he can trust and who’s out to kill him.

When Summit announced in the spring of 2007 that it had relaunched itself as a full-service studio, it said that “Osterman” was expected to go into production later that year with Kimburg making his directorial debut (Daily Variety, May 9, 2007).

Wigutow’s penned several upcoming projects — a Steve McQueen biopic, “Divorcees” at Universal, “Tender Is the Night” at Fox and “Snepp” at HBO.

Erik Feig, Summit’s president of production, and VP Meredith Milton will oversee the project for the studio.

Wigutow is represented by UTA and Benderspink.

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