Ridley Scott's World-Sized Penetration

By Garth Franklin Wednesday February 1st 2006 01:23AM

Warner Bros. Pictures has bought David Ignatius' novel "Penetration" for Scott Free Prods. and Donald DeLine, with Ridley Scott being lined up to direct.

Set in the house-of-mirrors world of international spying, the story centers on an American intelligence officer in Amman who is helped in his pursuit and capture of a top Middle Eastern operative by the head of Jordan's intelligence agency to.

At the same time, Scott has agreed to helm "The Invisible World" for Paramount, based on a treatment by Ignatius that was scripted by Dana Stevens. That pic covers the abduction of a female journalist in Iraq.

Scott, who last shot "Kingdom of Heaven" in Morocco, hopes to shoot the new film there either late this year or in early 2007.