Paramount Pictures has acquired life rights to intelligence operative Kathi Lynn Austin, whose adventures in arms trafficking and terrorism will inspire an action thriller vehicle for Angelina Jolie, reports Variety.
The trade says that Austin, who has most recently worked on contract for the U.N. Security Council, has undertaken field missions in Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia and Central America. The drama will focus on a fictional arms dealer inspired by Victor Bout, the shadowy Russian who is considered one of the world’s most prolific dealers in illegal munitions.
Media Talent Group’s Geyer Kosinski will produce.
The catalyst for the package was Kosinski, who manages Jolie and has looked long and hard for a premise that’s rooted in reality and has franchise potential.