According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Pictures has bought David Ignatius' novel Penetration for Scott Free Prods. and Donald DeLine, with Ridley Scott on board to direct. Joining DeLine as producers are Scott and Scott Free's Michael Costigan.

Set in the house-of-mirrors world of international spying, the story centers on an American intelligence officer who goes beyond conventional intelligence gathering to capture a top Middle Eastern operative. Warners' Lynn Harris is shepherding for the studio.

As well, Scott has agreed to helm The Invisible World for Paramount, based on a treatment by Ignatius that was scripted by Dana Stevens. That pic covers the abduction of a female journalist in Iraq.

Ridley Scott most recently helmed the epic Kingdom of Heaven.

Brian B.