By Lynette Rice
Updated August 17, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

HBO has confirmed a report in Variety that its closing a deal with writer Rod Lurie (Commander in Chief) to create a drama that’ll star Kevin Spacey as a charismatic cult leader. Lurie will also direct the project, dubbed The Crux.

The script set off a bidding war over the last few days, with interest from other cable nets including Showtime. HBO put the project on a fast track for development.

Spacey co-starred in HBO’s Emmy-winning film “Recount,” about the 2000 presidential election drama.