EXCLUSIVE: In a mid-six-figure deal, 20th Century Fox has acquired The Asset, a thriller that will be written by Morgan Davis Foehl, who with Michael Mann co-scripted Cyber, the film Mann is helming. Maybe it’s the fact that sophisticated movies such as Gravity, Captain Phillips and 12 Years A Slave are doing well, but there seems to be a renewed level of vigor for specs and pitches lately. This one had Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros and Sony all circling with producers, before Fox and Scott Free made the deal on Friday. Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer will be the producers.

A former Army Ranger is enlisted to infiltrate a dangerous group of ex-Special Forces soldiers living overseas who have revolted against the U.S. government by assassinating confidential informants all over the world. The project was brought in by Scott Free’s Michael Pruss and Fox execs Mark Roybal and Ryan Jones. Pruss will be an exec producer. Foehl is repped by WME and Wirehouse Entertainment.