EXCLUSIVE: Charles Leavitt has just landed another high-profile adaptation gig, inking with 20th Century Fox to adapt Michael Koryta’s book Those Who Wish Me Dead, which Steve Zaillian’s Film Rites is producing. The project has been out to several top guys since Fox acquired rights to the thriller last fall and it was Blood Diamond scribe Leavitt’s take that impressed. The novel revolves around a teenage murder witness lost in the Montana wilderness, the twin assassins hunting him, a survival expert tasked with protecting him, and a forest fire that threatens to consume them all. Little Brown publishes the book in May.
The Paradigm-repped Leavitt has been busy. He’s jumping into this job after delivering Wild Bunch, the Warner Bros pic to which Will Smith is attached to star and Jerry Weintraub will produce. He also adapted World Of Warcraft for director Duncan Jones, Universal and Legendary, which is now in production; and he wrote the first pass at Nathaniel Philbrick’s bestseller In The Heart Of The Sea, the Ron Howard movie that Warner Bros will release in March 2015 after a Peter Morgan redraft.