"24" Creator Develops Spy Franchise

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"24" and "La Femme Nikita" exec producer Joel Surnow will develop a contemporary spy thriller for United Artists and Lakeshore Entertainment reports Variety.

The studio won't confirm is the project is specifically designed for UA's co-owner Tom Cruise, despite making public that they have a priority to find a commercially viable franchise for Cruise.

Surnow will write the film with Michael Loceff, a "24" co-exec producer, and director Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale," "Goldeneye") will direct once he wraps "Edge of Darkness" which was announced yesterday.

Campbell's success in kicking off Pierce Brosnan and later Daniel Craig's stints as James Bond seem to be a key factor in his hire.

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