EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has set Drew Pearce to adapt The Wedding Sting, a fact-based story about an elaborately staged fake wedding in which two undercover Michigan cops posed as newlyweds and brought together every drug dealer in their orbit so they could all be arrested en masse. The film will be produced by Mary Parent’s Disruption banner, and it is based on a May article in The Atlantic by Jeff Maysh. Geoff Stier is overseeing for Paramount.

Pearce, who is repped by WME and attorney Warren Dern, is just getting underway. He most recently turned in a draft to direct The Long Run for Fox and Chernin Entertainment. His transition into directing began when he wrote and directed All Hail The King, a Marvel One Shot short that brought Ben Kingsley back to reprise his wacky villain character Mandarin from Iron Man 3. Pearce wrote that feature, and his credits also include Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and the Ghostbusters film he hatched and which is being developed by Sony separate with the Russo brothers as a potential star vehicle for Channing Tatum.