Sony is in talks to acquire the spec “Rockets’ Red Glare” from scribe Ken Nolan, with Neal Moritz producing.
Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner; Ori Mamur will oversee development for the company. Sony would not comment on price but a source said it appeared to be in the seven figures.
Story revolves around the CFO of a Mexican drug cartel who surrenders himself to a rural Texas border patrol agent, promising the delivery of $8 billion within 72 hours in exchange for immunity. The agent must keep his high-value asset alive amidst a slew of cartel assassination attempts, resulting in a national security emergency.
Project is being overseen at the studio by Hannah Minghella and Andrea Giannetti.
The CAA-repped Nolan’s credits include “Black Hawk Down” and TNT miniseries “The Company.”