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Beckner game for Fox gig

Skein to be in espionage, covert military realm

Scribe Michael Frost Beckner (“Spy Game”) has set up his next small-screen project at 20th Century Fox Television.

Beckner, whose first TV operation was just-renewed CBS drama “The Agency,” has been given a blind script commitment from 20th. Studio paid mid-six figures for the project, which will be developed and exec produced by Beckner and 20th-based producer Scott Vila.

“We’re so excited to be in business with such a prolific writer who brings such wonderful authenticity to the procedural genre,” said 20th senior VP of drama Jennifer Nicholson Salke. “We share Scott Vila’s enthusiasm for Michael and look forward to being home to his next project.”

Beckner said he’s just starting to kick around ideas for the project, but said he had no plans to stray too far from what he knows.

“It will be something very much in the realm of espionage or covert military actions,” he said.

Beckner said he had a “good instinct” about working with 20th after meeting with the studio’s development team and Vila.

“These are people who are very writer-friendly and creator-driven,” he said. “It seemed less about programming and more about storytelling with them.”

Beckner ankled as exec producer of “The Agency” to focus on development. He remains an exec consultant on the Eye skein, which has moved to 10 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to the Robert Redford starrer “Spy Game,” Beckner’s feature credits include “Sniper,” “Cutthroat Island,” “Deep Blue Sea” and “Prince Valiant.” He’s finishing up a script for TNT original pic “The Book of Honor.” Helmer Paul Verhoeven is set to direct Beckner’s script “Official Assassins” for Phoenix Pictures.

Beckner is repped by the Firm’s Rob Wolken and Bloom, Hergott, Diemer and Cook.

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