The Dark Knight producer Charles Roven and Richard Suckle are teaming up for Damascus Gate, a Columbia Pictures political thriller involving a journalist and a group of extremists in modern-day Jerusalem.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Roven will produce via his Atlas Entertainment banner; Eric Warren Singer will pen the screenplay and exec produce.

Based on Robert Stone's 1998 novel, which Sony has acquired, Damascus Gate is set in a world in which a groundbreaking accord between Palestinians and Israelis is nearly complete when a burned-out journalist comes upon an extremist plot to sabotage the effort. The title is a reference to a landmark gate in Jerusalem's Old City.

Stone's book is a character exploration as well as a thriller, and producers say the project will encompass the dual elements.

"It's definitely going to have shadings of both," Roven said. "Anything Eric writes will have its share of complex characters."

No production date has been set.