Fox Searchlight preps 'Kidnap'

Lorenzo di Bonaventura on board to produce

Fox Searchlight and Lorenzo di Bonaventura are getting kidnapped.

The specialty division and producer are teaming up for the thriller "Kidnap," from a script penned by "Jackass" veteran Knate Gwaltney.

The missing-child tale captures some of the same vibe as "Taken"; it centers on a woman whose son is kidnapped at a local mall and embarks on a chase to save him.

Those familiar with the script say it also bears similarities to "Breakdown," Paramount's 1997 thriller about a man who must locate his wife when she goes missing after their car breaks down in the desert.

John Moore is attached to direct "Kidnap" and also will exec produce. Di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam are on board to produce via Di Bonaventura Pictures. Jeremy Steckler is overseeing for Searchlight.

Gwaltney is best known as one of the camera operators on the MTV hit "Jackass" and also frequently appeared in episodes.

The CAA-repped Moore most recently helmed the video game adaptation "Max Payne."

Since "Taken" became a $200 million global hit this year, development execs have been looking to either buy or jump-start ideas with similar themes. Among the hot development projects this spring has been "Prisoners," Aaron Guzikowski's kidnapped-child saga to which Mark Wahlberg is attached.
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