MadRiver Pictures has acquired rights to Charles Cumming’s original idea The Plane, a high-concept action-thriller whose longline is being kept under wraps. Cumming is the author of eight spy novels whose work is making it to both the big and little screen. The Plane is being developed as a feature film.
MadRiver’s Marc Butan will produce with Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian. Alexandra Loewy is overseeing for Di Bonaventura. Edward Fee and Riverstone Pictures’ Deepak Nayar and Nik Bower are executive producing.
MadRiver, which most recently sold the James Gray sci-fi epic project Ad Astra, at Cannes, finances and produces about 3-4 director- and star-driven films per year in the $15 million-$50 million budget range. The company is in production on Peter Landesman’s Felt starring Liam Neeson and Diane Lane. Di Bonaventura, the producer that helped to launch the lucrative Transformers franchise for Paramount, is in production on Granite Mountain which is based on the true story of the 19 (out of 20) fallen Yarnell firefighters who fought the deadliest wildfire in Arizona’s history and died mountainside when they were engulfed by a circle of fire.
Cumming’s first novel, the Thomas Kell trilogy A Foreign Country, was acquired by Raindog Films and Cumming is adapting it for TV. The author also wrote the screenplay How To Catch A Russian Spy for StudioCanal, which Drake Doremus is on board to helm.
His most recent book, A Divided Spy, will be published in the U.S. in February. He is repped by CAA, Grandview and Janklow/Nesbitt.