February 4, 2009 / 6:45 AM / 9 years ago

"Dark Knight" producer on the road to "Damascus"

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.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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