Screenwrite Olivia Milch

20th Century Fox has hired Olivia Milch to re-write the script for spy thriller “Queen & Country” starring Ellen Page.

The news suggests the film is one step closer to making it to production with the studio also hiring director Craig Viveiros in recent weeks to helm the pic. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing via their Chernin Entertainment banner.

Based on the Eisner award winning graphic novel of the same name by Greg Rucka, the story centers on Tara Chace, a top British intelligence agent who is used as bait to draw out an international terrorist after an attack in London.

John Rogers penned the original script. David Ready will oversee production for Chernin.

Sources tell Variety that Fox had long wanted give Page a franchise after working with the young actress in various Fox and Fox Searchlight projects, including the 2007 breakout smash “Juno.”

Milch is becoming the go to girl when it comes to taking on material with strong women at the forefront. Milch, who is repped by ICM Partners and Mosaic, most recently penned Sony’s adaptation of “Little Women.”

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