Warner Bros. has inked a deal with Roger Hobbs to adapt his debut thriller novel, The Ghostman. The studio paid almost a million dollars for the film rights.

The soon to be published novel follows Jack Delton, one of the most successful armed robbers in the world, whose persona has been neatly disguised through years of stagecraft. A casino heist gives him the chance to make a killing, or be killed in the process.

The young author, who is a senior at Reed College, has also signed a blind script deal with Warner Bros. Langley Park's Kevin McCormick will be producing. Paul Haggis has expressed interest in the project, but is not currently involved.

The studio is looking to bring the film to theaters early next year.