In a late Friday night deal, Lionsgate emerged victorious over several other bidders to pick up The Breach, a package that has David Goyer (The Unborn) attached to direct, says THR.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing with Justin Rhodes writing the script for a sci-fi action thriller that is an adaptation of a 2009 novel by Patrick Lee.
Sounding like a spinoff to the first “X-Files” feature, “the story centers on a corrupt ex-cop who is trying to get his life back in order when he discovers a crashed plane in the Alaska wilderness. The first lady is among those dead in the wreckage. That sets off an adventure featuring a beautiful survivor, assassins, a secret organization, alien technology and an end-of-the-world scenario.”
The package came together late last year when Goyer optioned the book and developed it independently with di Bonaventura but it only last week went to the studios. It drew interest from Warner Bros., Fox, Relativity and Millennium, but one reason Lionsgate nabbed it was by showing strong intent on fast-tracking the project.
Breach is the first of a three novel series. The next book in the trilogy is “Ghost Country,” followed by “Deep Sky.”