Rapid 'Transit' deal for TWC

Script buy just beats strike deadline

Concluding a deal just ahead of the strike deadline, the Weinstein Co. has bought David Andron's screenplay "Transit" and attached Andrew Lau to direct.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who produced the Weinstein Co.'s "Derailed" and "1408," will produce the action thriller through his Di Bonaventura Pictures, with Adam Kolbrenner attached as exec producer.

Lau's producing partner Andrew Loo is co-producing "Transit" via the duo's new company Initial A Entertainment.

"Transit" will be made through the Weinstein Co.'s Asian film fund, Weinstein Co. co-president of production Michael Cole said.

The screenplay centers on a man who is forced to kill three men in three different cities in 12 hours or his son will die. Andron also has pennned the pilot for NBC's upcoming retooling of "Knight Rider."

Lau, best known for "Infernal Affairs," which was remade as "The Departed," already is making three films for the Weinstein Co. in Hong Kong.

Lucas Carter, director of production and development, identified the script for the Weinstein Co. and will oversee the project along with David Lee, executive vp Asian operations.

Andron is repped by attorney Bruce Gelman. Lau and Initial A are repped by ICM and the Schiff Co.