Scribe will adapt Richard Clarke's novel; Klein to produce

Sony Pictures has tapped Sheldon Turner to adapt Richard Clarke’s novel “The Scorpion’s Gate” as an action-thriller that will be produced by Jennifer Klein.

Project reunites Turner and Klein with Sony, where they’re currently developing “Everest” with helmer Doug Liman, who is slated to direct once he wraps WB’s Tom Cruise starrer “All You Need Is Kill.”

In “Scorpion’s Gate,” Saudi Arabia falls to a regime potentially hostile to the U.S. and is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. A high-ranking American intelligence analyst, a British intelligence agent and a rogue general move to prevent a bellicose defense secretary from plunging the planet into war.

A 30-year veteran of the U.S. government, Clarke is a former intelligence and counterterrorism official who previously wrote the acclaimed memoir “Against All Enemies,” which Sony spent years developing with producer John Calley. Calley was also involved with a prior incarnation of “Scorpion’s Gate,” which Sony recently reoptioned with the aim of developing it as a brainy tentpole for adult auds.

Columbia Pictures prexy Doug Belgrad and Rachel O’Connor will oversee the project for Sony, just as on “Everest.”

In addition to winning a Golden Globe and WGA award, Turner received an Oscar nomination for co-writing “Up in the Air” with helmer Jason Reitman.

Turner is repped by CAA and attorney David Fox, while attorney Greg Slewett reps Klein. Clarke is repped by ICM Partners.

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