"This movie is a gripping, edge of your seat thriller," producer Ross M. Dinerstein said in a statement. "I have been inspired by Robert and Jean-Stephane's dedication to tell this story in the most authentic way possible."
Jean-Stephane Sauvaire will direct from a screenplay adapted by "Band of Brothers" writer/producer Erik Jendresen. ("Mission: Blacklist" is based on the Eric Maddox book of the same name.) Sauvaire's previous film, "Johnny Mad Dog," about child soldiers in Africa, won the Prize of Hope at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
Pattinson's next move, the eagerly anticipated "Cosmopolis" from David Cronenberg, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.