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Alex Holmes to Write Adaptation of 'The Expats' for CBS Films (Exclusive)

The studio picked up rights to the Chris Pavone novel in early February.

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Alex Holmes, who wrote the 2008 HBO mini-series House of Saddam, has been hired to pen the adaptation of The Expats for CBS Films. The company picked up rights to the Chris Pavone novel in early February.

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Pavone's debut novel follows a wife and mother who after moving with her family from Washington, DC to Luxembourg discovers intrigue around her husband's work in cyber-security and another newly arrived American couple who may not be what they seem. As she begins to dig into these mysteries while traveling around Europe, the truth threatens to drag her own CIA past into the open.

Crown is scheduled to publish the book March 6.

The ICM-repped Holmes also has an adaptation of Jed Rubenfeld's The Interpretation of Murder set up with producer Paula Weinstein at Warner Bros.

CBS Films most recently released the horror film The Woman in Black, which has grossed more than $88 million worldwide since its Feb. 3 opening. Forthcoming releases include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a 2011 Toronto film festival pick-up that will hit theaters March 9; 7500, a horror thriller that opens in August; and the drama The Words, a 2012 Sundance Film Festival acquisition.