New Regency has acquired the spec screenplay Empire from Source Code writer Ben Ripley.

No specific plot details have been released, except that it is an action project in the same vein as Safe House and The Usual Suspects. The writer is reuniting with Source Code producer Mark Gordon, who is producing through The Mark Gordon Company. Drew Simon is also attached to produce.

Ben Ripley also wrote the Flatliners remake, which we reported last October will be produced by Columbia Pictures. He also has his spec screenplay 7th Day in development with producer Dino De Laurentiis.

No production schedule was given for Empire.