Robert Harris is set to pen the screenplay for an adaptation of his soon to be published novel, The Fear Index. The Telegraph reports that Harris has already begun writing the screenplay for the book, which arrives on shelves next month. Harris had this to say jokingly about the project, "I just hope that the capitalist system doesn't collapse before publication date."
The screen rights were snapped up by Rupert Murdoch's Fox film corporation after he had only written six of its 19 chapters. Paul Greengrass (United 93 and The Bourne Ultimatum) is already on board to direct.
Harris' book The Ghost was turned into The Ghost Writer from Roman Polanski. Harris co-wrote the screenplay with Polanski , but will write The Fear Index's on his own. He has become a lot more hands on after his bestselling novel, Fatherland, turned out poorly after it was adapted by Stanley Weiser and Ron Hutchinson.