Tom Rothman’s Tristar Productions has taken a major project off the independent table and acquired worldwide rights to the thriller in which Jodie Foster will direct George Clooney.

Jamie Linden wrote the screenplay about a broadcaster caught in a tangle of high finance lies after he is held at gunpoint live on air.

The project had been set up at IM Global before CEO Stuard Ford put it into turnaround.

Alan DiFore and Jim Kouf wrote an earlier draft of the script. Sources in the business have drawn parallels with Sidney Lumet’s 1976 drama Network.

Dan Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine developed the project with Foster and will produce together with Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov.

Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.

“It is impossible to resist saying that we at TriStar hit the talent jackpot today,” said TriStar Productions chairman Tom Rothman.