Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers have been hired to pen the script for the action thriller “Shadow Runners” at Sony Pictures says Deadline.
The project, based on an idea by “Drive” scribe Hossein Amini, is being shaped as a vehicle for “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth.
The story is inspired by an incident in which a group of Israeli operatives infiltrated a hotel in Dubai to kill a Hamas leader, only to see the rendezvous captured on surveillance cameras.
The film though will lose the political angle to some extent. Instead Hemsworth will play a former Navy SEAL trying to repair a rift with an old friend along with leading a team of elite international operatives on a mission against a mysterious enemy.
Tripp Vinson, Beau Flynn, Will Ward and possibly Simon Kinberg are producing. The project is planning to move forward fast but will work around Hemsworth’s “Thor 2” commitments.