Twenty-six letters, twenty-six directors, twenty-six ways to die. That’s the simple premise behind The ABC’s of Death, the crazy anthology horror film that is available on demand today, and will be in theaters on March 8.

Being as today is the first day the public can see this film (which we reviewed here) twenty-six different websites are simultaneously posting interviews with all the directors. We spoke to Adam Wingard, the director of “Q,” seen above. Wingard (left) is also the director behind A Horrible Way to Die, this summer’s (awesome) release You’re Next, and segments in VHS and S-VHS.

He and creative partner Simon Barrett (right, who contributed to all those projects as well) had an unenviable task adapting the letter Q. We discussed that along with the release of You’re Next, the success of S-VHS and his upcoming Warner Bros. film Dead Spy Running. Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to know how a genre director first comprehended death, this interview has the answer, along with a list of Wingard’s favorite on-screen deaths ever.

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It’s a good week to be Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard. The writer/director combo who’ve collaborated on A Horrible Way To Die, You’re Next and sections of V/H/S and The ABC’s of Death got a release date for their latest feature, have another film hitting theaters soon, a third playing the Toronto International Film Festival. Now they’ve booked a studio gig at Warner Bros.

They’re the latest people attached to the adaptation of the novel Dead Spy Running by Jon Stock, a modern spy thriller modified to be about an international DJ, framed for the murder of his secret agent father, who goes on the run with a beautiful spy at his side. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Spy films, especially ones that might turn into series, are like crack for studios. Few efforts actually pay off in regular franchises — if duplicating Bond’s success was easy, every studio would have its own Bond — but that doesn’t stop many from trying.

In 2008, Warner Bros. bought the rights to Jon Stock‘s novel Dead Spy Running, which follows suspended MI6 agent Daniel Marchant and opens with a setpiece in which a bomb is attached to a marathon runner. At the time the novel was unpublished, though it was planned as the first of a trilogy of novels. (The second book, Games Traitors Play, was published in 2011.) McG was attached to direct, and Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) was set to write, which is a big step above McG.

There was a point last year when McG stepped away from directing and was hoping to get Gaghan to take the job. But the screenwriter has other directorial prospects, and now the team is in talks with Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness) to direct. Read More »

Stephen Gaghan Adapting Dead Spy Running for McG

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The Hollywood Reporter have announced that Stephen Gaghan will write the screenplay for McG‘s Dead Spy Running. You can guess the salient details: adapted from a novel, first part of proposed trilogy, Bourne comparisons already in place, even a twist of LeCarre alleged.

Stephen Gaghan was nominated for an Oscar for his Syriana screenplay, and won one for Traffic. A perfect match, then, for McG (ahem) who not only took home best director and best picture Oscars for both of his Charlie’s Angels films but is also a Nobel Laureate for Contributions to Cinema…

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After Terminator Salvation, McG will direct a big screen adaptation of the upcoming spy novel, Dead Spy Running for Warner Bros. Written by Daily Telegraph journalist Jon Stock, the novel tells the origin story of former MI5 agent Daniel Marchant.

Patrick Janson-Smith has described the new series as “John le Carré meets Jason Bourne” and claims that Stock has “reinvented the spy novel for the 21st century.” Dead Spy Running sold to Harper Collins after an intense bidding war. The 320 page book is due out in July 2009. Warner Bros is quick to point out that McG will be directing the first installment or a planned franchise. Looks like Warner beleives they might have the next James Bond.

The most interesting thing about this announcement is what isn’t said. Terminator Salvation, from what I understand, is the first film in a planned trilogy. I would expect if Salvation is the success that Warners believe it might be, that the two follow-ups will be fast tracked into production. I wouldn’t even be surprised if they shot them back to back ala The Matrix sequels. So then, why would Warner Bros sign McG up to another high profile project if they want him back to helm the sequels? Or maybe they don’t.

Before everyone starts jumping to conclusions, let me clarify that Warner Bros is giving McG another high profile potential franchise-starting film project. If they weren’t happy with the early footage from Terminator, they wouldn’t be rewarding him with this spy film. No screenwriter has been announced, so there is also the possibility that Warner Bros is planning to develop Dead Spy Running for a couple years.

source: THR

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