Screenwriter Oren Moverman, who brought us Jesus’ Son and I’m Not There is working on the script for The Terrorist Search Engine. The film is an adaptation of Wesley Yang’s New York Magazine article about Evan Francis Kohlmann, who, at twenty-three, earned the moniker “The Doogie Howser of Terrorism.” Kohlmann is considered one of America’s foremost experts on jihad terrorism, and has served as an expert witness on twenty-six terrorism cases internationally.
Originally cast to play Kohlmann was Jesse Eisenberg, who proved with The Social Network that his forte is right in the neighborhood of young, eccentric intellectuals. However, there is no word at this point on who will play Kohlmann.
Moverman has directed 2009’s The Messenger and the upcoming Rampart. At this point, no director is signed on for The Terrorist Search Engine, so Moverman might be double-heading the project himself.