Firm Films shells out for ‘Truth’

Borten, Wallack to adapt pic

Firm Films, the feature division of entertainment and brand management company the Firm, has paid mid-six figures to option the feature rights to the novel “Truth or Die,” penned by Guy Toubes and David Ackerman.

Untitled pic will be adapted by Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack, the writing team behind Universal Pictures “Dallas Buyer’s Club,” which Marc Forster is helming. Project was brought into the company by Alyssa Ferguson. Tripp Vinson will exec produce, and Beau Flynn will produce the pic for the Firm.

Described as a cross between thriller “3 Days of the Condor” and drama “Erin Brockovich,” 1960s-set pic concerns a newly graduated medical researcher who gets a call from the government offering him a high profile job in the field. Initially, he is led to believe his research will be used to find cures for terminal diseases, but he later discovers that his research is being used to develop biological warfare.

Writing duo is also working on a pitch about an ex-con who becomes a coach to a reform school football team and ends up trying to prevent the players from following the path he took.

Borten and Wallack are repped by the William Morris Agency and are managed by Benderspink.