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In a late Friday night deal, Lionsgate emerged victorious over several other bidders to pick up The Breach, a package that has David Goyer attached to direct.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing with Justin Rhodes writing the script for the sci-fi action thriller that is an adaptation of a 2009 novel by Patrick Lee.
The story centers on a corrupt ex-cop who is trying to get his life back in order when he discovers a crashed plane in the Alaskan wilderness. The first lady is among those dead in the wreckage. That sets off an adventure featuring a beautiful survivor, assassins, a secret organization, alien technology and an end-of-the-world scenario.
The package came together late last year when Goyer optioned the book and developed it independently with di Bonaventura but it only last week went to the studios. It drew interest from Warner Bros., Fox, Relativity and Millennium, but one reason Lionsgate nabbed it was because it made known its intent to fast-track the project.
Breach is the first of a three-novel series. The next book in the trilogy is Ghost Country, followed by Deep Sky.
Nellie Stevens Reed of Phantom 4, Goyer’s production banner, will co-produce.
Di Bonaventura produced The Last Stand, the Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner, for Lionsgate. He also produced Paramount’s Jack Ryan, which is currently in theaters.
Goyer, who’s known for penning Warners’ DC-based tentpoles (Man of Steel being the latest), is also writing the script for Constantine, a TV pilot in development at NBC based on another DC property. He is repped by WME and Bloom Hergott.
Rhodes is currently writing Unmanned with Chris Morgan producing and Keanu Reeves attached to star. He also sold a sci-fi adventure spec titled Second Sun preemptively to Warners. He is repped by WME, Madhouse Entertainment and Felker Toczek.
Lionsgate’s president of production Erik Feig and Geoff Shaevitz, Summit Entertainment’s president of production, will oversee the project for the studio.
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