Director Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) has been set to direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Ghostman from author Roger Hobbs. The bestselling, overnight sensation centers on the title character, a hired professional who cleans up after botched heists and helps fugitives escape the law. Unfortunately for the Ghostman known as “Jack,” other dangerous and interested parties are searching for him as well. Peter Craig (The Town) has written the adaptation; Craig also rewrote the script for The Imitation Game, which Tyldum is also helming. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reported on WB setting Tyldum at the helm of Ghostman. Here’s the book’s synopsis (via Amazon):
When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who’s occasionally called Jack. While it’s doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he’s still alive, he’s in his mid-thirties and lives completely off the grid, a criminal’s criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with. But within hours a private jet is flying this exceptionally experienced fixer and cleaner-upper from Seattle to New Jersey and right into a spectacular mess: one heister dead in the parking lot, another winged but on the run, the shooter a complete mystery, the $1.2 million in freshly printed bills god knows where and the FBI already waiting for Jack at the airport, to be joined shortly by other extremely interested and elusive parties. He has only forty-eight hours until the twice-stolen cash literally explodes, taking with it the wider, byzantine ambitions behind the theft. To contend with all this will require every gram of his skill, ingenuity and self-protective instincts, especially when offense and defense soon become meaningless terms. And as he maneuvers these exceedingly slippery slopes, he relives the botched bank robbery in Kuala Lumpur five years earlier that has now landed him this unwanted new assignment.