Jennifer Lopez is set to star in and produce The Cipher for Netflix.
The feature film is an adaptation of Isabella Maldonado’s crime novel of the same name.
The story centers on FBI agent Nina Guerrero (Lopez), who finds herself drawn into a serial killer’s web after he posts complex codes and riddles online corresponding to recent murders in order to lure her into a cat-and-mouse chase.
The streamer optioned the book for Lopez and producing partners Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina. Liza Fleissig, Ginger Harris-Dontzin, Catherine Hagedorn and Maldonado will executive produce. Courtney Baxter will serve as associate producer.
Lopez has a slew of movies in the pipeline, including: “Marry Me” from Universal Pictures, the tale of a pop star who spontaneously weds a fan during an arena performance; “The Godmother,” a look at the rise and fall of the late drug lord Griselda Blanco from director Reed Morano at STX; and “Shotgun Wedding,” about a couple whose destination wedding is highjacked by criminals, co-starring Armie Hammer and distributed by Lionsgate.
She’ll also serve as the headline performer for the 2020 edition of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”
Before becoming a crime novelist, Maldonado graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico and became the first Latina in her department to reach the rank of captain, commanding the Special Investigations and Forensics Division before retiring after 22 years at the bureau.