LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Robert Stone's 1998 novel "Damascus Gate," a political thriller involving a journalist and a group of extremists in modern-day Jerusalem, is being developed as a feature film.
Charles Roven, the producer behind the summer blockbuster "The Dark Knight," is developing the project with frequent collaborator Richard Suckle.
"Gate" is set in a world in which a groundbreaking accord between Palestinians and Israelis is nearly complete when a burnt-out journalist comes upon an extremist plot to sabotage the effort. The title is a reference to a landmark gate in Jerusalem's Old City.
The project has been set up at Sony Pictures' Columbia. Roven will produce via his Atlas Entertainment banner; Eric Warren Singer will write the screenplay.
Singer wrote "The International," the Atlas-produced thriller starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts. The Tom Tykwer-directed film opens the Berlin festival on Thursday, ahead of its stateside Columbia release next week.