According to Variety, John Malkovich, Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith's Mr. Mudd banner has optioned Los Angeles Times' scribe Sebastian Rotella's upcoming novel "Triple Crossing" for a bigscreen adaptation.

A contempo crime thriller, story follows a young volatile American border patrol agent who goes undercover inside Mexico's most dangerous drug family.

Rotella -- a veteran correspondent who has covered the border, as well as South America and Western Europe -- will adapt the screenplay. His 1998 non-fiction book from W. W. Norton & Co., "Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border," was named a New York Times notable book of the year.

Mudd's recent credits include the upcoming Johnny Depp-starrer The Libertine (Miramax Films) and Terry Zwigoff's "Art School Confidential' (United Artists).

"Sebastian is one of the finest journalists out there," said Malkovich of the pick up. "He is an exciting and insightful writer. We look forward to working together to bring 'Triple Crossing' to the screen."