Shepard gets into a Panic

Harvey and Bob option conspiracy thriller, Matador helmer onboard

Fresh from the buzz of being the director who squeezed the Bond out of Pierce Brosnan, Richard Shepard has scribbled on the dotted line to shoot Panic, a novel by author Jeff Abbott.

Shepard will re-team with The Weinstein Company for the tale that follows a documentary filmmaker who finds out his murdered mother and missing father were spies. After doing a little digging, the helmer discovers that even his girlfriend could be part of an elaborate conspiracy that threatens to end his life.

“We have a very stylish 1970s-type paranoid action thriller on our hands,” the helmer said. “It's exactly the type of studio movie I want to be doing aside from my own material: something that's smart and visually inventive.”

Shepard’s ‘own material’ is Spring Break In Bosnia - the movie that follows two journalists who go back to the war torn land five years after the conflict ended.

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