Gaumont has acquired the best-selling Joseph Finder novel “Paranoia” and set Barry Levy to script an adaptation, says Variety.
The story centers on a young man who funds a lavish retirement party for a co-worker with company funds and is caught by his boss. Accused of embezzlement, he agrees to spy for the boss to avoid prosecution. He is forced to infiltrate a rival company and steal information on a top-secret project.
Levy wrote the Columbia Pictures drama Vantage Point, and just adapted Button Man for DreamWorks and producer Michael De Luca. Finder’s novels include “High Crimes,” which became a 2002 Fox film that starred Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.