Like many, we were wary when Neal H. Moritz, the man behind Fast & Furious sequels, The Green Hornet reboot and more, set out to remake Jacques Audiard‘s crime drama A Prophet. One of the finest films of the last few years, we could only imagine how the blockbuster-minded Mortiz would translate this one to American audiences, but a new development has calmed some of our fears.

According to Variety, Dennis Lehane, the talented author behind Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River has been set to adapt the film which follows a man’s rise up through a crime syndicate. There’s no timetable yet on when this will see completion, but it’s nice to know someone that knows the genre well is taking a stab at it.

Lehane also recently became attached to Silk Road, which tells the story of the illegal, anonymous website that was trafficking in drugs and other services. Based on Joshua Davis‘ forthcoming article on the online black market, the project is set up over at 20th Century Fox with Chernin Entertainment and we imagine it’ll be a priority considering the recent demise of the subject at hand. As for Lehane’s next works, he’ll reteam with Ben Affleck for Live By Night and has scripted Animal Rescue, which comes from Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam, and will bow next year.

Which upcoming Lehane project are you most looking forward to?

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