EXCLUSIVE: In the second major film release package of the day, Amazon and MGM Studios won The best of enemies, an adaptation of the spy thriller starring Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale, written by Eric Warren Singer and produced by Charles Roven of Atlas Entertainment. They all worked together on the 2013 Best Picture nominee Cheating.

Cooper, drawing praise for his latest directorial debut Conductor, it is possible to direct the film, but that has not yet been decided. Sources said that, like Ryan Reynolds' untitled pitch that was won by Netflix today, Best of Enemies had eight bidders in the mix, with Amazon and Warner Bros going all the way. The deal is worth seven figures for the writer and producer. It will be a theatrical release. This provides an opportunity for MGM and Courtenay Valenti to prove themselves with a wide release before the film hits Amazon.

The photo is based on the book The Best of Enemies: The Last Great Cold War Spy Story by Eric Dezenhall and Gus Russo. Singer and Roven's script (Oppenheimer) is producing with Madison Weireter and Ryan Sanak is also part of the production team on behalf of Atlas.

The book was published by Hachette Twelve in 2018 and tells the story of CIA agent Jack Platt (Cooper) and KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko (Bale), a pair of Cold War spies who developed an unlikely friendship at a time when that they should have been anything but. Platt and Vasilenko were new entrants to the Washington, D.C. intelligence scene in 1978, with the former working in the CIA's counterintelligence office and the latter out of the Soviet Embassy. Remarkably, they established strong personal bonds, even after each was sent to seduce the other into betraying their country.

The pair were involved in solving some of the most famous espionage stories of the 20th century, including the eradication of Soviet spy Robert Hanssen. Although Vasilenko spent some time in a Soviet prison after the government realized he was working as a double agent for the US, he was eventually released with the help of the CIA during the 2010 Spy Swap. was none other than CheatingRobert De Niro.

The deal proves that the studios coming out of the strike are determined to end up with a package or two under the tree, and it's a reminder that coming to the table with a fully formed package with talent and a developed storyline is the best way. to create a huge trade.

Cooper is repped by Range Media Partners and Bale, Singer and Roven are repped by WME.

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