Icon goes for ‘Gold’

Leavitt to pen adaptation

Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey’s Paramount-based Icon Pictures has closed a deal for scribe Chuck Leavitt to pen an adaptation of Angela Amato and Joe Sharkey’s novel “Lady Gold.” Amato will exec produce the picture.

The St. Martin’s Press novel is the first by the team of former NYPD detective Amato and Sharkey (the latter previously wrote “Above Suspicion”). “Lady Gold” describes a friendship between a two-bit Mafia informant and a cop at the crossroads of her career. Doubting that his information will prove useful, the cop reluctantly accepts an assignment to go undercover and guard the traitorous soldier by posing as his girlfriend. But as time goes by, she grows to sympathize with him, learning that he was tricked into cooperating with the police due to his naivete and near illiteracy, and she begin to rethink her role as a police officer.

Leavitt most recently wrote Miramax’s “Freak the Mighty” and also penned the drama “Sunchaser” for New Regency.

While Icon will produce with Donna Dubrow and Colleen Camp, Gibson’s intentions regarding the project are less clear. Insiders say the thesp, who just wrapped “The Patriot” for Sony, has expressed interest in directing it. Icon execs declined to comment on Gibson’s intentions.

Leavitt is repped by Lee Cohen at Major Clients Agency and by attorney Peter Grossman.

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