Big screen adaptation of the novel in development.

Deadline has revealed that Universal Pictures and producer Scott Stuber (‘Ted,’ ‘Safe House,’ ‘The Wolfman’) have acquired the rights to the Derek Haas spy thriller novel ‘The Right Hand’ with plans for a feature adaptation.

Yet to be released, the novel focuses on Austin Clay, “a spy whose work is so covert that the government won’t even admit he exists. And yet he executes necessary missions. Here, he is sent to track down a missing American operative, who was captured in the Russian countryside. This leads Clay into a conspiracy that involves a mole that has penetrated the top levels of U.S. government.”

Haas will adapt the book with his screenwriting partner Michael Brandt (‘Wanted,’ ‘3:10 to Yumna,’ ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’), with the two also set to produce the feature with Stuber.