Reporter's Story To Hit Big Screen

Daniel Pearl, an Asia editor for The Wall Street Journal, traveled from his home in India to neighboring Pakistan in early 2002 to investigate Richard Reid's connections to al Qaeda. On Jan. 23, he got in a taxi and headed to what he thought was an interview with a prominent Muslim cleric. It was a trap, and he found himself the captive of an al Qaeda cell in Karachi.
A movie based on a book about the slaying of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is scheduled to begin filming in the fall.

Beacon Pictures has signed Josh Lucas for the starring role. Kip Williams, who directed "Door in the Floor," will helm the as-yet-untitled movie.

The film is based on the book "Who Killed Daniel Pearl?" in which French author Bernard-Henri Levy details his one-year investigation into the circumstances behind Pearl's kidnapping and slaying in Pakistan in 2002.

New York Times Magazine foreign correspondent Peter Landesman wrote the script, which will focus on an American TV reporter because Beacon Pictures wanted to avoid infringing on another upcoming film based on a book by Pearl's widow.