Smoke House, Warners on 'Tourist' trip


Warner Bros. has picked up the movie rights to "The Tourist," an upcoming book by two-time Edgar Award nominee Olen Steinhauer, for George Clooney and Grant Heslov to produce via their Smoke House banner.

Picked up in early manuscript form, the story is described as being a contemporary international thriller in the vein of John le Carre and Graham Greene and follows a spy who must risk everything to reveal a conspiracy after he's suspected of a murder he didn't commit.

Sources said the deal was worth in the $350,000 range.

Sarah Schechter will oversee for Warners. Schechter and Warners' New York-based book scout Maria Campbell brought the project to Smoke House vp feature development Nina Wolarsky, who in turn brought it to Clooney and Heslov.

Smoke House is in post on the football movie "Leatherheads," which Clooney is directing and Universal is distributing. The company is prepping "White Jazz," an adaptation of the James Ellroy novel to be directed by Joe Carnahan, and is developing an adaptation of Beau Willimon's upcoming play "Farragut North."

Steinhauer, repped by the Gernert Co., is best known for writing a five-part book series chronicling Cold War Eastern Europe.

Borys Kit reported from Los Angeles; Gregg Goldstein reported from New York.