Silver Pictures has 'Conviction'

Company's first buy since Andrew Rona became president

Silver Pictures has acquired the spec "Conviction," an undercover cop thriller from first-time scribe Jon Herman. The project is set up at Warners, with which Silver Pictures has a deal.

The story centers on a master bank thief who, after serving time in prison, is enlisted by an FBI agent to trap a former associate; those familar with the project say it contains elements of "Heat" and "Donnie Brasco."

The spec sale marks the first buy for Silver Pictures since former Focus exec Andrew Rona joined as president last month. Joel Silver and Rona will produce.

"Conviction" joins other Silver Pictures projects such as Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" and the Denzel Washington western "The Book of Eli."

Herman, who is repped by WMA and Steve Crawford at Luber Roklin, is a longtime script reader in the business who also worked for producer Alli Shearmur.
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