Studiocanal, The Picture Company Adapting World War Two Thriller 'The Paris Architect' (Exclusive)

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Chris Salmanpour has been tapped to adapt the script.

Studiocanal and The Picture Company has picked up the rights to The Paris Architect, a World War Two thriller by Charles Belfoure, setting Chris Salmanpour to adapt the script.

Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman, currently in production on the Liam Neeson action thriller The Commuter, will produce.

Architect centers on an ambitious French architect named Lucien, living in German-occupied Paris during the height of the Nazi regime. When he accepts a secret job to build a hiding place for a once prominent Jewish figure, his life becomes a series of life-and-death twists and turns as he becomes caught between the French Resistance, an ambitious Gestapo officer and even his own friends and family.

The book, released in 2014, is the debut novel from Belfoure, also an architect by trade.

Salmanpour was selected for this assignment in accordance with the partnership formed between Studiocanal, the Black List and The Picture Company to find a new voice among EU writers via a blind script deal.

In addition to making Commuter, Studiocanal and The Picture Company are prepping to shoot The Tracking of a Russian Spy with Drake Doremus attached to direct later this year. 

Salmanpour is repped by Verve and Curtis Brown in the UK. Belfoure is repped by APA and Susan Ginsburg.

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