Oren Moverman (“The Messenger”) is set to pen a script based on the New York Magazine article “The Terrorist Search Engine” for Sony Pictures says Deadline.
The article was about a young counter-terrorism expert witness named Evan Kohlmann who had a skill for culling through jihadist videos, communiques and websites to unearth terror threats.
His testimony led to the conviction of nearly two dozen defendants on terrorist charges, but has also lead to claims of him making his living being a “convenient witness” for government lawyers after convictions.
Scott Rudin will produce the film which is being setup as a vehicle for “The Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg. Moverman is writing the script with an eye toward directing, but his deal only covers the script for now.