EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has made a preemptive acquisition of The Outsider, a script for a period drama written by Andrew Baldwin that the studio is making a priority. The title character is an American who spent WWII as a POW in Japan. He stays in Japan after the war ends, and works his way through the rituals and hardships to become the rare outsider who gains membership in the Yakuza, the organized crime outfit. It was developed at Linson Entertainment, based on an idea by John Linson. He will produce with his father, Art Linson. They are executive producers of the FX series The Sons of Anarchy who also collaborated on The Runaways and Lords of Dogtown. Baldwin is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.