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‘Mole’ uncovered

Bruckheimer books film rights to spy case

Jerry Bruckheimer Films has purchased the film rights, based on a five-page book proposal, to “The Bureau and the Mole” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Vise.

Bruckheimer Films’ Mike Stenson and Chad Oman will exec produce the pic; Oman brought the proposal into the shingle.

Project is based on the case of alleged Russian spy Robert Phillip Hanssen and FBI chief Louis Freeh who flushed him out. Book will be told from the point of view of the FBI.

Vise, who covers the FBI and the Justice Department for the Washington Post, won a Pulitzer for a four-part series entitled “The Man: John Shad’s Reign at the FCC.” He is writing the book; a screenwriter has yet to be hired.

Hanssen, an ultraconservative Roman Catholic and hardened FBI counterintelligence expert, led the sort of double life that’s ready-made for screen adaptation. And the Bruckheimer project is the second deal for a dramatic take on the case, following a pact that Norman Mailer and Lawrence Schiller struck with CBS to write and produce a miniseries about Hanssen.

Bruckheimer has been enjoying the success of his first foray into television, CBS’ “C.S.I,” currently ranked No. 3 behind “Survivor” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”

In the feature world, Bruckheimer is producing the Ridley Scott-helmed “Black Hawk Down,” based on the award-winning book by Mark Bowden, currently shooting in Morocco for Revolution Studios; “Black Sheep,” starring Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins, directed by Joel Schumacher for the Walt Disney Co.; and “Down and Under,” directed by Dave McNally, starring Jerry O’Connell, Anthony Anderson, Estella Warren and Christopher Walken, for Castle Rock Entertainment, currently lensing in Australia.

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