Cross Creek Pictures, one of the producers behind Hacksaw Ridge, has preemptively picked up The Spy’s Son, a pitch package from Harrison Query.
Scott Glassgold’s Ground Control Entertainment is producing along with Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and John Doherty, as well as Celerity Pictures’ Jay Schuminsky. Jarod Einsohn will act as a co-producer.
Spy’s Son is based on Bryan Denson’s best-selling 2015 book, which tells the true story of a high-ranking star CIA officer who was brought low when he was caught selling secrets to the Russians. But he then embarrassed the U.S. government when he did it again, this time from behind prison bars. What the imprisoned officer did was use his son, training him in the ways of spycraft, to continue to spy for Russia and to even ferret out the mole that ratted on him in the first place.
Denson is an Oregon-based reporter who covered the father-son espionage trials.
The deal calls for Cross Creek to option the book and for Query to pen the adaptation.
For Cross Creek, Spy’s Son plays into the true-story brand the company has tried to develop for itself with movies such as Black Mass, Hacksaw and the upcoming Tom Cruise pic American Made.
The pitch sale marks Query’s third in the last six months. The prior sales include the seven-figure purchase of War Party by Netflix, with Tom Hardy starring, Ridley Scott producing and Andrew Dominik directing and co-writing with Query; and a military exorcism pitch sale to Lionsgate, with Query co-writing with Evan Turner.
Query previously worked for Cross Creek adapting the book Honor for Sale. John Hillcoat is attached to direct.
Query is repped by UTA, Ground Control and attorney David Matlof.