CBS Films options the rights to novelist Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp character, a post-9/11 hero who battles terrorism and the threat of war in the Middle East, the U.S. and other international hot spots.
Flynn is represented on literary rights by Sloan Harris and on film rights by Ron Bernstein, both of ICM. Nick Wechsler ("North Country") and Lorenzo di Bonaventura ("Transformers") are producing the film. The books are published by Simon & Schuster.
The back story
If there's one word that has worn out its welcome in the film and book worlds, it's "synergy." Few of the crusades to link book publishing and film adaptations under the same corporate roof have succeeded in recent years because these plans are difficult to impose from above. So when a deal comes along that marries both ends of the process in one company, it's an event. That's the case with Flynn's novels, for which Simon & Schuster and CBS Films, both part of CBS Corp., joined forces on a literary acquisition and film option deal "that goes right to the same bottom line," according to Carolyn K. Reidy, chief executive of Simon & Schuster.