Dennis Lehane to Pen SILK ROAD for 20th Century Fox; Kario Salem in Talks to Write Father-Son Thriller SPY’S KID Starring Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf

     October 16, 2013

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Check out today’s writers round-up:

  • 20th Century Fox has tapped bestselling author Dennis Lehane (Shutter Island) to pen Silk Road, their adaptation based on Joshua Davis’ Wired Magazine article about the online black market bazaar and those who dabbled in the sale of illegal goods and contract killings.
  • Paramount is in the process of finalizing a deal with Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) to write the espionage thriller Spy’s Kid, starring Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf as a father-son team for director D.J. Caruso.

Hit the jump for more.

Dennis-Lehane-imageFirst up from Deadline is news that Lehane will pen Silk Road for Fox.  The picture is based on “the true story of a young kid who was arrested for putting out a hit on the clients of the Silk Road, the illegal online bazaar he created where one could buy illegal goods including drugs or services like contract killings.”  Silk Road hopes to follow in the footsteps of Best Picture-winner, Argo, which was based on Joshuah Bearman’s Wired Magazine article, “The Great Escape”.

The Wrap reports that Paramount is in talks with Salem to pen Spy’s Kid.  The film is based on based on Bryan Denson’s six-part series of articles that were originally published in The Oregonian in 2011.  “The stranger-than-fiction tale will find De Niro playing Jim Nicholson, a 20-year veteran of the CIA who was convicted of spying and sentenced to 23 years in prison back in 1996. From behind bars, he coached his youngest son Nathan (LaBeouf) on how to be a spy and work as a courier selling secrets to the Russians.”

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