EXCLUSIVE: John Brancato and Michael Ferris, who’ve scripted The Game and Terminator 3, have been set to write Influence, a thriller that incorporates a true story and terrorism and the dynamics of geopolitical power. Based on Dr. William Chasey’s book, Truth Never Dies, the story details how Chasey, a high-powered Washington lobbyist, took a job representing Muammar al-Gaddafi’s Libya in the wake of the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan AM 103, only to see his life systematically dismantled by the U.S. government.
In his quest to understand why, Chasey discovered a CIA-led conspiracy to conceal the truth behind one of the worst terrorist acts in history. Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar and Richard Middleton (The Artist) will produce along with the author, Renée George will be exec producer.
This comes a day after producer Scott Stuber has a production start on Kill The Messenger, a Jeremy Renner-starrer about Gary Webb, a journalist who uncovered and reported CIA involvement in the importation of crack cocaine in California. The agency smeared him, he lost his job and committed suicide.
After a short glowing respite with those hunt for Bin Laden movies, we can once again go back to fearing these shadowy government agencies.