Universal Lands Herman’s “Rites of Men”

Universal Pictures has picked up Jonathan Herman’s “Taken”-esque spec thriller “Rites of Men” reports the trades.

The story centers on a working-class single father whose world is shattered by the unsolved murder of his only son. He embarks on a quest to discover the truth and deliver justice.

No producer is attached yet. Former Canal Plus exec, Herman sold the bank heist thriller “Conviction” last month to Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures.

That film centers on a former bank robber who is forced to go to undercover to nab his former protege.