Stephen Schiff, who penned the screenplays for “Lolita” and “Deep End of the Ocean,” has inked to adapt David McClintock’s drug cartel book “Swordfish” for 20th Century Fox, with Sonnenfeld/Josephson Prods. attached to produce, sources said Wednesday.
Sonnenfeld, who directed “Men in Black” and “Get Shorty,” is also interested in helming, but as yet has no deal.
The book is about a Cuban-American DEA covert operative in Miami who becomes the victim of bureaucratic intrigue while he attempts to cripple one of the largest drug cartels in Colombia.
Barry Sonnenfeld and Barry Josephson, who have an overall deal at Disney, will produce for Fox. Janet Jacobson and Amy Bedik, who originally optioned the book in 1995, will also get a producing credit. Project was put into turnaround at Disney last year after Jacobson and Bedik attached Sonnenfeld through his former Disney-based company.
Sonnenfeld/Josephson exec Caroline Andoscia brought Schiff to the project. Fox exec VP Sanford Panitch will oversee the project for Tom Rothman’s Fox film division.
Schiff, a staff writer for the New Yorker, also wrote the upcoming Clint Eastwood starrer “True Crime” and “Gangster Rock and Roll” for Tribeca Films.
Schiff is repped by CAA.