'Amateur American' a Likely Story

Bregman's outfit to adapt Elmore's debut novel for film

NEW YORK -- Anthony Bregman's production outfit Likely Story has acquired Crown's upcoming political thriller "The Amateur American" for a big-screen adaptation.

J. Saunders Elmore's debut novel follows a young American expatriate in France whose translating job for a shadowy powerbroker draws him into violent political intrigue, corruption and murder.

Ross Katz, best known as a producer of such films as "In the Bedroom," is attached to adapt the novel and direct. Bregman will produce. Elmore's novel hits bookshelves next summer.

" 'The Amateur American' is this generation's 'Three Days of the Condor' -- a swift, smart, complex novel of a young man stumbling into a murky world of contemporary terrorism/counter-terrorism, where the mechanics of deception override the politics," Bregman says. It could be the most commercial of his acclaimed films, which include "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "The Savages" and "The Ice Storm."

Likely Story's Stefanie Azpiazu negotiated the film rights with RSWH Agency on behalf of the Gernert Co.