William Monahan is adding yet another project to his slate. The Oscar-winning The Departed scribe is currently prepping his next directorial outing Mojave, starring Jason Clarke and Oscar Isaac, but Deadline now reports that he’s also been tapped to pen the screenplay for the next John le Carré adaptation. Monahan is in advanced talks to adapt the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy author’s upcoming novel A Delicate Truth, which tells the story of a spy who is trying to uncover the truth behind a counter-terrorist operation that presumably went according to plan. BBC Films is developing the adaptation, but there’s no timetable for when the pic might get in front of cameras.
In addition to Mojave and A Delicate Truth, Monahan is also penning a remake of Park Chan-wook’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance for Charlize Theron to star and he also penned the remake of The Gambler, which has Todd Phillpps attached to direct. Hit the jump for the full synopsis for A Delicate Truth and to watch the book trailer.
John Le Carre novels have always been ripe for Hollywood adaptation. Anton Corbijn (The American) is working on an adaptation of A Most Wanted Man, and a couple years ago we got Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which sadly was a bit of a disappointment. Hopefully, director Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) will have more success with his adaptation of Le Carre’s Our Kind of Traitor. The adaptation is moving in the right direction with Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen signing on to co-star.
Per Screen daily, “Ewan McGregor will star in the international spy thriller as one half of a couple who gets mixed up with a Russian oligarch and major money launderer (Mikkelsen). Caught up in his plans to defect, they are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service.” Fiennes will play U.K. government fixer Hector Meredith. Jessica Chastain was rumored for the female lead back in November, but it looks like she has passed, and casting for the role is still underway. Filming is set to begin this summer. Hit the jump for an update on the adaptation of Le Carre’s Smiley’s People, and click here for Steve’s interview with producer Eric Fellner.
Some (un)casting news today. Check out the highlights below:
- Chris Hemsworth (Thor) is reportedly out of American Assassin, the CBS Films’ adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel. A source cited scheduling conflicts.
- Ty Burrell (Modern Family) will join Adventureland duo Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in The Skeleton Twins as Hader’s lover.
- Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) is in consideration for Our Kind of Traitor, an adaptation of the John le Carre novel. Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Jessica Chastain (Lawless) are also rumored.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Here’s today’s casting news in brief with details to follow:
Hit the jump for more details on each project.
By Wikipedia’s count, seven John le Carré novels have been adapted into films. An eighth, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, is on the way. According to THR, director Anton Corbijn (The American) will bring us the ninth. Corbijn has signed on to direct A Most Wanted Man from a screenplay by Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness). The story centers on a Muslim illegal immigrant caught up in the international war on terror. The novel is loosely based on Murat Kurnaz, who was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay for several years before release without charge in 2006.
The Amusement Park Films production is expected to begin shooting this winter in Hamburg. Read the official book synopsis after the jump.