Thanks to the James Bond film series and stuff like the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan films and the Bourne movies, production companies and studios look at any series of espionage novels with dollar signs in their eyes. Sure, there are many examples of thriller novel to film adaptations that failed to ignite a franchise, but no one ever built a successful movie series by not adapting books.

In 2008 CBS Films bought the rights to a set of books by Vince Flynn that follow CIA Agent Mitch Rapp. Originally the studio planned to adapt the first book in the series, Consent to Kill, with Antoine Fuqua set to direct and various actors in consideration to play Rapp.

That plan was eventually ditched in favor of starting with American Assassin, the book that is eleventh in Flynn’s series, but acts as a prequel. Last year Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond) was set to direct, but he has since accepted a deal to make The Great Wall, and CBS decided to move forward without him. In his place Jeffrey Nachmanoff has stepped in. Who? Read More »

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Ed Zwick to Direct ‘American Assassin’

There was a point two years ago when CBS Films put into motion the first adaptation of one of Vince Flynn‘s Mitch Rapp novels. Consent to Kill was going to be the subject of the adaptation, with Antoine Fuqua directing and actors like Matthew Fox, Gerard Butler and Colin Farrell as possible accomplices.

That stalled, and perhaps for the better, as it turns out. Because Vince Flynn last year  published American Assassin, a prequel story that tells of how Mitch Rapp ends up as a CIA terrorist hunter. (Yeah, I know. Just go with it.) Now that book is going to be the first of his from CBS Films, and Ed Zwick has just been set to direct. Read More »

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