Open Road Films has acquired domestic distribution rights to the Joby Harold-penned conspiracy thriller “The Key Man,” with plans for a wide theatrical release and a significant P&A commitment.

“Key Man,” which is produced by Harold and Tory Tunnell, follows a single father, who after finding himself the target of U.S. government agents, discovers his body contains the key to the nation’s deepest secrets. Pic is skedded to start lensing in late 2011 or early 2012.

“‘The Key Man’ is one of the smartest, most original scripts we’ve seen,” said Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg. “We are confident that the project will attract top notch talent and be a huge win for Open Road.”

Open Road recently acquired the bigscreen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” and “Killer Elite,” starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert DeNiro.

Deal was negotiated on behalf by Open Road’s Ortenberg, Elliott Kleinberg and Ben Cotner, along with CEO of QED Intl. Bill Block and Paul Hanson, both of whom are also producing; QED is financing the pic.