Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
Here’s a little change of course: James Bobin, who did a fine job directing The Muppets last year, is now set to direct a film called Agent Zigzag for New Line and Playtone Pictures.
The project sounds like a great, classic spy caper: it’s a true story about a criminal who became one of the most notorious double-agents of WWII. He appeared to work for German intelligence even as he was on the payroll of MI5.
Variety says that Bobin is on board, but doesn’t know if this will be his next. He’s also potentially got a sequel to The Muppets to shoot, and he’s been linked to A Confederacy of Dunces, as well. Frankly, though, that one has been in development for so long, and in so many incarnations, that I wouldn’t pin many hopes on it being made now.
With Tom Hanks’ company Playtone behind this, however, it has a good shot. Hanks is producing with Gary Goetzman, and Rowan Joffe is doing another pass on the script. (We’ve known about Joffe’s involvement for a while, as he was workng on the script when Mike Newell was in line to direct last year.)
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