〉The idea has been re-purposed to serve an original thriller.
Paramount Pictures and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura are bringing an adaptation of The Atlantic article HACKING THE PRESIDENT’S DNA to the screen. Originally conceived as a potential plot for a Jack Ryan sequel, the project will now stand on its own as a political thriller. Di Bonaventura will executive produce via his shingle, Di Bonaventura Pictures, while Alana Mayo will oversee development for Paramount.
The article, written by Andrew Hessel, Marc Goodman, and Steven Kotler, focuses on the incredible advancements in bioengineering and individualized medicine, exploring the concept that if someone is able to obtain an individual’s DNA, then it is possible to create a personalized virus that will only effect that specific individual. The article examines how relatively simple this process is and how anyone could be targeted, even the president.
Sources reveal that the studio bought rights to article for David Koepp to script, intending to serve as the idea for a sequel to the Koepp-penned 2014 action/thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which starred Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, and Kenneth Branagh. That’s now off the table, with the idea being re-developed to serve as an original thriller, with the studio already out to potential scribes.
Di Bonaventura also produced Jack Ryan, under his three-year development deal with Paramount, renewed in 2014. Together, they produced the Transformers franchise and the G.I. Joe franchise. Di Bonaventura is currently in production on the Mark Wahlberg BP oil spill drama Deepwater Horizon, helmed by Peter Berg. Up next, he’ll produce G.I. Joe and Transformers sequels, as well as Michael Bay’s sci-fi adaptation Time Salvager.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor