Scott Rudin & 'Terrorist Search Engine' are Targeting Jesse Eisenberg

May 12, 2011
Source: Vulture

Jesse Eisenberg

Though he may not have taken home the big prize for Best Picture at the Academy Awards with the fantastic film The Social Network, there's no denying producer Scott Rudin still hit a homerun with the story of Facebook. Now Rudin is looking to team with the film's star Jesse Eisenberg yet again. Vulture reports the producer has just optioned Wesley Yang's article from New York Magazine called The Terrorist Search Engine which profiles controversial counterterrorism expert witness Evan Kohlmann. If that doesn't mean a thing to you, it might be easier to say that he has been dubbed "the Doogie Howser of Terrorism."

An FBI agent gave Kohlmann that moniker when he was just 23-years old as he has helped convict 23 defendants in federal courts and Guantánamo Bay tribunals with his expert witness testimony. Apparently he's so good at testifying, it has become his principal source of income and earned a reputation in some circles as "working in the 'guilty-verdict industry.'" Yang isn't surprised that the a film is being made about Kohlmann saying, "As I was reporting it it, I felt like it was a very cinematic story.” It's certainly easy to picture Eisenberg in a role like this after all the litigation scenes in The Social Network, but right now he's waiting for a script before an official deal is made. Interested?

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