Script Deals: Sigma, Fairyland, Suspect, Guys

The Sigma Protocol
Julie Bush has hired to pen the new draft for the film adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s last novel “The Sigma Protocol” for Universal. Numerous scribes such as Irwin Winkler and Matt Holloway have penned previous drafts.

The story follows the son of a Holocaust survivor who gets entangled in an international conspiracy by industrialists and financiers to take advantage of wartime technology that reverses aging. [Source: Deadline

American Zoetrope has acquired the film rights to Alysia Abbott’s critically acclaimed memoir, “Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father” which Sofia and Roman Coppola will produce. Sofia Coppola and Andrew Durham will co-write the screenplay.

The coming-of-age story is set against the backdrop of San Francisco in the 1970s and 1980s, both before and after the AIDS epidemic, a crisis that would later claim the life of Abbott’s father, the widowed poet and gay activist Steve Abbott. [Source: 42West]

Fox 2000 has optioned the rights to Robert Crais’ best-selling 2013 novel “Suspect”. David DiGilio (“Eight Below”) is adapting the script and Nina Jacobson will produce.

The story follows a rookie LAPD officer who loses his partner in a shooting and, in a form of therapy, is tasked with taking care of Maggie, a PTSD-suffering German Shepherd who lost her handler in Afghanistan. The pair help each other heal and chase his partner’s killers. [Source: THR]

Guys and Dolls
“Game Change” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” scribe Danny Strong has been hired to pen the upcoming film remake of the classic movie musical “Guys and Dolls” for 20th Century Fox.

The movie will be based on author Damon Runyon’s short stories about the gangsters and gamblers of the 1920s and 1930s. [Source: Contact Music]