SPTV, Lifetime plot 'Terrorist'


Sony Pictures Television has acquired rights to John Updike's most recent novel, "Terrorist," to potentially be developed into an original movie for Lifetime Television.

The cable network has inked a script deal for the project, from executive producers Frank von Zerneck, Robert M. Sertner and Judith Verno. The trio are in the process of finding a writer to adapt the novel.

Von Zerneck and Sertner are exec producing through their company, Von Zerneck/Sertner Films, which has an overall deal at Sony.

"Terrorist" tells the story of a young boy being raised by a single mother who regularly attends a mosque to get in touch with the roots of his absent Egyptian father. When his mother and a concerned teacher start to detect clues that he is being pulled into a terrorist plan, they race against time to keep him from being a part of plot to blow up New York's Lincoln Tunnel.

"Terrorist" is Updike's 22nd novel. The best-seller was named as one of the "100 Notable Books of the Year" for 2006 by the New York Times.

Ken Sherman at Ken Sherman & Associates brokered Updike's deal on behalf of the author and his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf.