In a competitive situation, A&E has bought Impact, a drama project from filmmaker Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), journalist-turned-TV writer Jason George (Nashville) and All3Media America. The project, which has received a script order, is being laid off at A+E Studios.

georgeBased on the 2002 British film of the same name written by Matthew Graham and Nigel McCrery, which starred Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville, Impact is described as a fast-pace thriller that begins immediately following the downing of a major commercial flight near the nation’s capital. When the country’s best airline investigator learns that her son may have been on the flight, everyone she once trusted will become a suspect.

Peirce and George developed the U.S. adaptation with Eli Holzman and Eric Lehrman of All3Media America, whose parent All3Media owns the format through its Company Pictures subsidiary.

Image (2) AE-logo1__140401162031-275x140.png for post 707855George will write the script, with Peirce set to direct the potential pilot. The two executive produce with Holzman, Stephen Lambert and John Yorke. Richard Ruiz and Nigel McCrery serve as producers.

Peirce, whose feature credits also include Stop-Loss and Carrie, is repped by Verve, Writ Large, and lawyers Alan Wertheimer and Andy Galker.  All3Media America and George are represented by ICM Partners.  George is also repped by attorney Cheryl Snow.