EXCLUSIVE: Millennium Films has acquired The Strategist, a thriller script by Inon Shampanier that he will direct. It is the story of a most unusual CIA recruit, a chess master who is brought in to mastermind the takedown of a dangerous dictator. The adversary is himself a brilliant man with impenetrable security who must be outmaneuvered to be taken down. Millennium’s Mark Gill will produce.
Shampanier most recently helmed The Millionaire Tour for Michael Eisner’s Vuguru, which stars Dominic Monaghan and Agnes Bruckner, and which he wrote with wife Natalie Shampanier. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson are exec producers. The spec deal was brokered by Original Artists’ Jordan Bayer and Chris Sablan, and attorney Lev Ginsburg.