Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have been hired by New Line Cinema to turn Richard Doetsch's upcoming novel THE THIRTEENTH HOUR into a screenplay, according to VARIETY. Michael De Luca is producing.
Brandt and Haas (WANTED, 3:10 TO YUMA), recently adapted Robert Ludlum's THE MATARESE CIRCLE for MGM and director David Cronenberg and likely will star Tom Cruise along with Denzel Washington. They are also working on a new BEVERLY HILLS COP installment for Eddie Murphy and director Brett Ratner at Paramount.
New Line bought THE THIRTEENTH HOUR last year, which is about a man accused of murdering his wife who can go back in time in one hour increments over 12 hours in order to try to stop the real killer. Haas described the Atria-published book as "a fast-paced thriller with a supernatural twist and characters who really pop."
Exec producer is Alissa Phillips. De Luca is also working with producer Rachael Horovitz on MONEYBALL, written by Steve Zaillian from Michael Lewis' novel for Columbia. Brad Pitt is set to star under direction from Steven Soderbergh.