Columbia Pictures has purchased scribe Michael Frost Beckner’s “The Third Fate,” a pitch for Sydney Pollack’s Sony-based Mirage Enterprises to produce, for a high-six against low- seven figures.
“The Third Fate” is an espionage thriller set against the backdrop of a hostile Senate investigation of the CIA. When an ex-field officer returns to service to retrieve a long-forgotten spy from Malaysia, he joins forces with a mysterious woman and they both end up embroiled in a race to uncover a 30-year-old conspiracy.
Beckner brought the story to Mirage producer Geoff Stier, who fell for it. Columbia’s Doug Belgrad, senior VP production, will serve as the studio’s exec on the project.
Beckner has been working on an adaptation of the John le Carre novel “The Night Manager” for Pollack and Paramount, which Pollack is attached to direct.
Said Beckner: “Sydney and I have a terrific relationship. ‘The Third Fate’ emerged from our desire to keep working together.”
Beckner also penned “Spy Game” for producer Doug Wick and director Mike van Diem (“Character”). That film is set up at Beacon Communications.
Beckner’s other credits include “Sniper” (with Crash Leyland) and “Cutthroat Island” with James Gorman, Bruce Evans and Ray Gideon. In addition, Beckner did rewrite work on the recently released “Deep Blue Sea.”
UTA along with attorney Melanie Cook of Bloom Hergott Cook Diemer and Klein brokered Beckner’s deal with Columbia.