Writer/director Oren Moverman (The Messenger) has reached a deal to adapt the New York Magazine piece “The Terrorist Search Engine” for Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network). Back in May, we reported that Rudin had optioned the piece as a starring vehicle for Jesse Eisenberg. With Eisenberg’s attachment still in place, Moverman’s signing looks to be the next logical step in the development process. As Deadline reports, though, his deal is only to write the adaptation, not direct it. That said, the report claims that Moverman has not closed the door on helming the pic and will pen the script with an eye toward directing. His next writer/directorial effort, the crime drama Rampart, stars Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, and Ben Foster. That film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September.
For more details on the project, hit the jump for a look at the New York Magazine‘s original piece.
Written by Wesley Yang and published on December 5, 2010, “The Terrorist Search Engine” profiles counter-terrorism witness Evan Kohlmann. At the ripe age of 23, Kohlmann was combing over various jihadist materials and testifying on his findings. Per the report, his testimony led to the conviction of more than twenty defendants who were facing terrorist charges.
Given his status as the “Doogie Howser of terrorism” it seems likely that Rudin and co. are hoping Eisenberg can make another stellar turn as an intelligent-to-a-fault protagonist who harbors a ton of responsibility on his young shoulders. If you’re interested in checking out Yang’s profile, make sure you click here to read the entire piece.