Paramount-based producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Jason Blum are going spy hunting.
Par has snapped up the film rights to an upcoming Vanity Fair article penned by CIA maven and investigative journo David Wise, with Blum and di Bonaventura teaming to produce the feature adaptation.
Scribe Kelley Sane has been hired to adapt the magazine piece, “The Shop.”
Producers of the untitled CIA thriller didn’t want to disclose any specifics pending publication of Wise’s article.
Wise is the author of several tomes on the shadowy intelligence world including “The Spy Who Got Away: The Inside Story of How the FBI’s Robert Hanssen Betrayed America” and “Nightmover: How Aldrich Ames Sold the CIA to the KGB for $4.6 Million.”
Wise, who co-authored bestseller “The Invisible Government,” is also remembered for penning a New York Times column in 1981 blasting President Reagan for pardoning former FBIer Mark Felt, who would later turn out to be Bob Woodward’s Watergate source Deep Throat.
When reps for Wise began shopping the project in recent days, Blum’s Blumhouse Prods. attached Sane to the pitch and approached di Bonaventura and the studio. Tracy Underwood at Blumhouse Prods. brought in the project and will take an exec producing credit.
Sane is no newcomer to CIA subject matter. She penned the script for Middle East political thriller “Rendition,” which Gavin Hood is lensing for New Line. Pic toplines Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Alan Arkin. “Rendition” marked Sane’s first studio sale.
Sane is repped by William Morris. Wise was repped in the deal by Hotchkiss & Associates.