Mike Medavoy and ArnieMesser's Phoenix Pictures has acquired film rights to the novel Misconception, a legal thriller by Robert Shapiro and Walt Becker.

The book, which waspublished in Jan in the US by Harper Collins, is the story of a Louisianadoctor whose life is shattered when an extramarital affair and pregnancy arerevealed.

Shapiro is a renowned trialattorney whose cases have included Christian Brando and OJ Simpson; Becker is awriter and film-maker with credits including the novel Link in 1998 and the film Buying The Cow for Destination Films and Sony Pictures.

Shapiro and Becker willexecutive produce alongside Greg Davis; Messer, Bradford W Smith and AnneRodman will oversee the film for Phoenix.

Phoenix is currently inproduction on Basic starring JohnTravolta and Samuel L Jackson which is being financed with Intermedia Films.