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MGM & Relativity Acquire Rights to Matarese Circle
(released 4/7/2008)

MGM Studios and Relativity Media have acquired the rights Robert Ludlum's The Matarese Circle. They have also signed Denzel Washington to star. Ludlum is known for creating the fictional character Jason Bourne.

Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, who wrote 3:10 to Yuma as well as the upcoming action film Wanted, are set to write. Jeffrey Weiner (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy), Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers) and Nick Wechsler (North Country) will serve as producers.

Set during the Cold War, the book pairs rival spies, one from the CIA and the other from the KGB, who bury the hatchet for the moment because only they possess the smarts and killing abilities to go up against an international circle of killers called the Matarese.

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