Over a decade passed between Christopher McQuarrie‘s directorial debut The Way of the Gun and 2012′s Jack Reacher. McQuarrie plans to fill up his slate for the decade that follows. He begins shooting Mission: Impossible 5 in February 2014 for a Christmas 2015 release. McQuarrie is also attached to direct adaptations of the sci-fi anime Star Blazers, the British miniseries Unforgiven, and the 1968 Rock Hudson movie Ice Station Zebra. Add one more to the pile.
Deadline reports McQuarrie is signed to direct Three to Kill, an adaptation of the Jean-Patrick Manchette noir novel set on the French coast. Colin Firth is set to star as “disillusioned businessman witnesses a murder and finds himself being hunted by two relentless sociopaths.” Read the book synopsis after the jump.
Businessman Georges Gerfaut witnesses a murder—and is pursued by the killers. His conventional life knocked off the rails, Gerfaut turns the tables and sets out to track down his pursuers. Along the way, he learns a thing or two about himself…. Manchette—masterful stylist, ironist, and social critic—limns the cramped lives of professionals in a neo-conservative world. [Amazon]
McQuarrie made his bones as a screenwriter, winning an Oscar for his Usual Suspects screenplay. So I am a bit surprised to see that Howard Rodman (August) will handle writing duties on Three to Kill. McQuarrie was also hired to write Star Blazers, Unforgiven, and Ice Station Zebra, but Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) was assigned the Mission: Impossible 5 script a few months before McQuarrie officially signed on.