Swierczynski’s Severance Package heading to Lionsgate.

Variety is reporting that Lionsgate has purchased the film rights to Duane Swierczynski’s novel Severance Package.

“Jamie DeBroux’s boss has called a special meeting for all “key personnel” at 9:00 a.m. on a hot Saturday in August.

When Jamie arrives, the conference room is stocked with cookies and champagne. His boss smiles and tells his employees, “We’re a cover for a branch of the intelligence community. And we’re being shut down.” Jamie’s boss then tells everyone to drink some champagne, and in a few seconds they’ll fall asleep—for good. If they refuse, they’ll be shot in the head.

Escape is not an option. Jamie’s boss has shut down the elevators and rigged the fire towers with chemical bombs. Panic sets in, chaos erupts, and no one is sure whom to trust. Jamie quickly realizes that there’s only one way he’s ever going to see his family again: the hard way.”

SP is a delightfully over-the-top action novel with crazy violence that would make Tarantino proud.

Brett Simon has been hired to direct, and co-write with Duane.

Simon’s first full length film, Assassination of a High School President, will land in theaters on Sept 12th. It has been getting generally positive reviews from it’s screenings at Sundance and South by Southwest.