EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks has hired Oscar nominee Jonathan Herman to adapt The Travelers, the thriller novel by bestselling author Chris Pavone. Herman was Oscar nominated with Andrea Berloff for Best Original Screenplay for Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A biopic that grossed north of $200 million worldwide.

The book is a Hitchcockian thriller with shades of Mr. And Mrs. Smith and North By Northwest. It will be an ongoing story, which gives it franchise potential. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing for The Picture Company. It’s another big job at DreamWorks for Herman, who also did work on Ghost In The Shell, now in production with Rupert Sanders directing and Scarlett Johansson starring. He also wrote the Scarface remake for Universal.

the travelersThe Travelers centers on a Gotham-based journalist who unknowingly works for a spy agency posing as a luxury travel magazine. Writer Will Rhodes finds himself drawn into a tangled web of global intrigue, and it becomes clear that the people closest to him, including his wife, might pose the greatest threat of all. The Picture Company is prepping the Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter for StudioCanal. Andrew Calof is overseeing for DreamWorks with CEO Michael Wright and Production President Holly Bario.

Herman is repped by UTA, Industry Ent and attorney Melissa Rogal.