EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks has just acquired Noble Assassin, based on a book proposal by Paul Kix. They’ve also attached Jane Eyre helmer Cary Fukunaga to direct. It’s the war-time story of French aristocrat-turned-anti-Nazi-Saboteur Robert de la Rochefoucauld, who joined the British Special Operations Executive and was trained in every manner of dark arts before being sent back to France to help organize the resistance, blowing up train stations and munitions factories, enduring months of torture and escaping his own execution.

The book has been set for U.S. publication by Harper Collins and foreign rights will be sold at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar is producing with Fukunaga. ICM Partners brokered the deal.