Par signs up with ‘Forger’

Pic will be produced by di Bonaventura

Paramount is making a deal with “The Forger,” buying Richard D’Ovidio’s spec script and setting it up with Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

Story centers on an imprisoned thief who buys his way out of prison when he learns his estranged son has only a few months to live. But his efforts to make up for lost time with the teen are endangered when a crime boss forces him to do one last job.

Pic will be produced by di Bonaventura, with Erik Howsam exec producing. Senior VP of production Dan Levine and Eben Davidson will oversee for the studio.

Paramount-based di Bonaventura is a producer on the upcoming “Four Brothers,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Andre Benjamin and directed by John Singleton. He’s also a producer on Par and DreamWorks’ “Transformers” and Universal’s “Doom.”

D’Ovidio’s scripting credits include “Exit Wounds,” “Thirteen Ghosts” and “Ace in the Hole.”