Josh Olson takes aim at 'Shot'

Scribe to adapt novelist Lee Child's thriller

Paramount has put screenwriter Josh Olson in the cross hairs of a thriller based on the Lee Child novel "One Shot."

The "One Shot" project originally was submitted to the studio by Mutual Film Corp.'s Don Granger, who went on to work for Cruise/Wagner Prods. when it was still at Paramount. Olson now is writing a thriller sprung from the novel. The producer deals -- which may or may not still include C/W's Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner and Granger -- are still being worked out.

Marc Evans is overseeing for the studio.

"One Shot" is part of a series of suspense novels about Jack Reacher, an ex-Army policeman who, in this instance, gets tangled up with an ex-infantry specialist arrested for shooting five people.

"I had just finished watching the first two Dirty Harry movies on Blu-ray," Olson said. "And I thought, 'No one's making movies like that anymore.' It coincided perfectly. It's just the kind of movie that I haven't seen in a while. It's a tough, smart, action-oriented thriller."

Olson, who is repped by WMA and Benderspink, also has his revisionist version of the L. Frank Baum "Oz" books in development at Warner Bros. He earned an Oscar nomination for his "A History of Violence" script in 2006.