Par eyes ‘Heart’ for Noyce

In negotiations to option Pollock novel

Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to pick up the option on J.C. Pollock’s pseudononymously penned novel “Cold, Cold Heart” for Mace Neufeld to produce as a potential directing vehicle for Phillip Noyce.

Craig Darian and Howard Kazanjian of Tricor Entertainment — who brought the project to Neufeld originally — are also in negotiations and will likely get executive-producing credits. Kathleen McLaughlin, president of Noyce’s Rumbalara production banner, worked with Noyce to develop a treatment for the project and will likely receive a co-producing credit.

And Noyce is in negotiations to helm the post-Cold War suspense thriller, which was published in 1994 by Dell Books.

“Cold, Cold Heart” tells the cat-and-mouse tale of a former CIA agent serving time for lying to Congress, and is paroled to help the FBI track one of his former KGB operatives who has defected to the U.S. Realizing he has been released under false pretenses, the erstwhile spook teams with a female reporter to bring to justice the maniac who has been killing and disfiguring young women.

“Cold, Cold Heart,” which Pollock wrote under the pseudonym James Elliott, previously had been optioned by Cinergi for director John McTiernan.

Pollock was repped by Matthew Snyder of Creative Artists Agency. Noyce is repped by Endeavor.

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