Stone’s The Echelon Vendetta purchased by Sony.

David Stone’s The Echelon Vendetta has been optioned by Sony pictures, with Jonathon Levine assigned to handle the writing duties.

“Micha Dalton is not paid to ask questions. He’s the man the CIA sends to clean up the mess when something goes wrong-an agent gets in trouble, or worse. But when his colleague and friend Porter Nauman turns up dead in an idyllic Tuscan hill town as a result of an apparent and unimaginably gruesome suicide, Dalton can’t help but ask questions. And when Nauman’s family is subsequently slaughtered back home in London, Dalton can sit back no longer.

Moving from Venice to London to Washington, D.C., to the unbearably beautiful mountains of the American West, Dalton tracks the specter who, with a penchant for intricate knifework influenced by Native American mysticism, is killing a disparate group of agents, former agents, and contract men-all of whom seem to have a connection to ECHELON, a mysterious company operation. The murders appear to be acts of retribution, but for what?”

With the current state of world politics, spy novels are all the rage in Hollywood. This seems tailor-made for the big screen.

Jonathon Levine is hot right now, his film The Wackness snagged an award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The Wackness is being described as a “coming-of-age dramedy,” and stars Ben Kingsley.

David Stone is a pseudonym for a former military man who has worked in intelligence and law enforcement around the world.