Two sign on for Lionsgate's 'Agent'

Director Jose Padilha, screenwriter Braulio Mantovani join thriller

Lionsgate has recruited director Jose Padilha and screenwriter Braulio Mantovani for its action thriller "Agent in Place."

The project springs from a forthcoming video game created by Flint Dille and co-developed with Union Entertainment. Lionsgate acquired worldwide film rights to the game.

Lionsgate production president Alli Shearmur will produce with Union president Richard Leibowitz. Dille and Union's Dan Jevons will exec produce, and Stars Road Entertainment also might come aboard.

Execs Jim Miller and Shearmur, who developed the project as a producer before joining Lionsgate, are overseeing for the studio.

The Gersh-repped Padilha and the CAA-repped Mantovani co-wrote the 2007 crime drama "Elite Squad," which Padilha directed. Separately, Mantovani wrote "City of God," and Padilha wrote and directed "Bus 174."

"Jose and Braulio have injected fresh energy, grit and insight into stories of ordinary human beings caught up in dangerous and desperate criminal situations," Shearmur said.

Lionsgate has released "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail," "My Bloody Valentine 3-D," "The Haunting in Connecticut" and "Crank: High Voltage" this year. The company will open "Gamer" and "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself" in the fall.

The company just signed Paul Haggis to write and direct "The Next Three Days," a thriller adapted from the 2008 French movie "Pour Elle."

Dille's credits include the video games "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay" and "Dead to Rights." Union developed "The Darkness" and has "Zero-G" and "Blacklight" in development at Fox.