Bad Robot is going into search and destroy mode with the Nazi-hunting drama Wunderkind.
J.J. Abrams’ production company is teaming up with Paramount Pictures after optioning the script for the film, about a young CIA agent investigating German war criminals and an aging Israeli Mossad agent pursuing the same.
Set in the 1970s, the original story by screenwriter Patrick Aison takes place against the backdrop of the Cold War as the two agents from friendly but rival nations tentatively join forces in their hunt — which, of course, doesn’t turn out nearly as they expected.
As the script went on the market last month, it was pitched as the Bourne films crossed with The French Connection.
Aison, a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts masters program, most recently co-wrote with Brad Kean the sci-fi thriller spec Echo Station, which is being directed this fall by the Spierig Brothers (Daybreakers.)
Abrams and Bryan Burk of Bad Robot will produce the movie, with Chris Cowles and Chris Fenton from the talent agency H2F, which reps Aison, will executive produce with Brian McCurley working as associate producer.
Since it’s just the first stage of the project, no plans were announced for when production may begin.