"Kidnap" in Fox Searchlight's sights

Wed Jun 3, 2009 3:21am EDT
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By Steven Zeitchik

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - "Kidnap," a missing-child thriller from a script by "Jackass" veteran Knate Gwaltney, is the latest Hollywood project in the mold of this year's box-office hit "Taken."

The story centers on a woman whose son is kidnapped at a local mall and her chase to save him. Those familiar with the script say it also bears similarities to "Breakdown," the 1997 thriller about a man who must locate his wife when she goes missing after their car breaks down in the desert.

Specialty division Fox Searchlight and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura have partnered for the project. John Moore ("Max Payne") will direct the film.

Gwaltney is best known as one of the camera operators on the MTV hit "Jackass" and also frequently appeared in episodes.

Since "Taken" became a $200 million global hit this year, movie development executives have been looking for script ideas with similar themes. Among the hot development projects this spring has been "Prisoners," Aaron Guzikowski's kidnapped-child saga, to which Mark Wahlberg is attached.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)