EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has purchased Mindcorp, a science fiction thriller based on a short story by Jose Padilha that the Elite Squad helmer will direct. Gianni Nunnari will produce through his Hollywood Gang banner. Dwain Worrell has been set to write the script with Padilha. It’s the second studio gig for Padilha after the Robocop remake.

dwainwThey are keeping the logline under wraps but in broad strokes it’s a high-concept intense thriller involving next-generation mind-body experimentation and a priest who becomes responsible for the survival of humanity. Worrell is the scribe whose first script was the very first one that Amazon Studios acquired. That one is called The Wall, a $5 million-budget thriller about a deadly cat-and-mouse contest waged by an American sharpshooter and the Iraqi sniper who has him pinned behind a small chunk of concrete. He wrote this when in China working as a translator; his Internet opportunities and ability to get the script seen were limited, but he got it to the Amazon guys, they bought it, and he soon had agency reps and now his first big studio deal.

Shannon Gaulding will oversee for Hollywood Gang. Jon Berg and Jon Gonda will oversee for Warner Bros.

Nunnari has Robotech percolating at Sony Pictures and is developing The Thicket with Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, and Odysseus with Stalingrad helmer Fedor Bondarchuck attached to direct. Padilha is repped by CAA and Anonymous, Worrell by CAA, Madhouse Entertainment, and attorney Stephen Clark.