EXCLUSIVE: In a mid-six-figure deal, Millennium Films has acquired The Civilian, a spec script by Rachel Long and Brian Pittman that the film company hopes will give it another franchise, this one in the vein of The Bourne Identity. It was bought in a competitive situation and will be fast tracked into production.
Millennium already has its Expendables and Olympus Has Fallen franchises, and this could be another. In The Civilian, an American doctor has his identity stolen by a covert operative. The only way he can clear his name is to assume the dangerous mission of the spy who stole it.
Millennium president Mark Gill is producing. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson and Christine Crow are executive producers. Long & Pittman’s original screenplay Dawn Patrol is in post and stars Scott Eastwood, Jeff Fahey and Rita Wilson. On assignment, the married writing team wrote the Korean War epic 1950 for director Rob Cohen; and Codename: Jolanta, the true story of Irena Sendler, a Polish nurse who smuggled 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII. The scribes are repped by UTA, attorney Ryan Pastorek and manager Scott Carr, the latter of whom developed the script with the writers.