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'John Wick's' Chad Stahelski to Adapt 'Lush' Story for Lionsgate

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Stahelski is producing the spy thriller with Jason Spitz, while Duane Swierczynski will adapt his own short story for the big screen.

John Wick director Chad Stahelski is teaming with Jason Spitz via their 87Eleven Entertainment banner to turn Duane Swierczynski's short story Lush into a feature spy thriller for Lionsgate.

Lionsgate optioned Lush and landed with 87Eleven Entertainment through the indie banner's first-look film deal with the Hollywood studio. Chris Goldberg will executive produce through his Winterlight Pictures, and Swierczynski will adapt his story for the big screen.

“When I read Lush, I saw what a great film could be made from Duane’s short story. I’m excited to see the world-building we can come up with for this fresh new spy film," Stahelski said in a statement.

The Wick action franchise, which stars Keanu Reeves and is distributed by Lionsgate, has been a critical and box office smash, with the three movies generating over $579 million worldwide. Stahelski directed the movies which were written by Derek Kolstad.

Swierczynski is an award-winning novelist, comic book writer and screenwriter, and a two-time Edgar Award nominee.

"The reason I founded my company is to bring together writers and filmmakers I love and admire. As soon as Duane pitched me Lush, I knew it was perfect for Chad. I just had a feeling instantly that he would get it. I couldn’t be more excited about this team," Chris Goldberg, a former literary scout for 20th Century Fox and executive vp at Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8, added in his own statement.

Aaron Janus is overseeing development of Lush for Lionsgate. Phil Strina negotiated the deal for the studio.

Swierczynski is repped by Story Driven. Stahelski is repped by WME.

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