Fox 2000 is bringing Robert Crais’ recent crime thriller Suspect to the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that David DiGilio (Eight Below) will provide the screenplay with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson producing. Their company, The Color Force, is also responsible for bringing Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games to the big screen.
Published in January of 2013, Suspect is described as follows on Crais’ official site:
LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Eight months ago, a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for dutyuntil he meets his new partner.
Maggie is not doing so well, either. A German shepherd who survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler to an IED, her PTSD is as bad as Scotts.
They are each others last chance. Shunned and shunted to the side, they set out to investigate the one case that no one wants them to touch: the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie. What they begin to find is nothing like what Scott has been told, and the journey will take them both through the darkest moments of their own personal hells. Whether they will make it out again, no one can say.
Crais, the outlet notes, has adamantly prevented feature adaptations of his works in the past. In the case of Suspects, his decision to permit the big screen version is said to be largely based on how impressed he has been with The Color Forces’ handling of The Hunger Games franchise.