Screenwriter David Koepp will direct Premium Rush for Columbia Pictures, from a screenplay he penned with collaborator John Kamps.

According to Variety, the story centers on a twentysomething New York City bike messenger who picks up an envelope at Columbia U. A dirty cop is desperate to get his hands on the envelope and chases the bike messenger throughout the city.

Premium Rush is being conceived as a big-budget action feature, with the elaborate chases associated with a William Friedkin pic.

Sony is fast-tracking Premium Rush and is looking to cast a leading man shortly.