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Cruise/Wagner cash in on novel ‘Banker’

Reich thriller tackles terrorism, accountancy

Paramount-based Cruise/Wagner has decided to make a deal for “The Devil’s Banker,” buying the screen rights to Christopher Reich’s thriller for C/W to produce.

Project, seen as a platform to track the new heroes of the war on terrorism, follows a female British spy, who’s an ace undercover operative, and a U.S. agent/forensic accountant who got into counterterrorism via a business career. The duo join forces to try to stop a terrorist attack aimed at the United States by tracking a mastermind who’s auditing their every move while transferring vast sums of money from country to country and bank to bank.

Random House published “The Devil’s Banker” in August. Reich’s previous novels are “Numbered Account” and “The First Billion.”

Tom Cruise is currently toplining the Paramount/DreamWorks co-production of “War of the Worlds,” with Steven Spielberg directing. His partner, Paula Wagner, is producing with Kathleen Kennedy.

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