Paul Greengrass scored a nice hit with his most recent feature Captain Phillips, which did fairly well at the box office and received a slew of critical praise. Deadline is reporting that the director is now attached to adapt another true story for the big screen. Greengrass will reteam with his Captain Phillips producer Scott Rudin to adapt Morten Storm’s non-fiction book Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda.
Storm was a former Islamic radical who became a double agent for the CIA as well as British and Danish intelligence. Greengrass excels at turning true stories into powerful dramatic features, so this sounds like it could be a good fit. He’s still attached to the Martin Luther King Jr. film Memphis, which I hope comes together one day. Hit the jump to read the official synopsis for Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda. The book will be available to buy on September 2nd.
Here’s the official synopsis for Morten Storm’s Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda:
Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, and Storm sought purpose in a community of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, named his son Osama, and became close friends with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric. But after a decade of Jihadi life, he not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence.
Agent Storm takes readers inside the jihadist world like never before, showing the daily life of zealous men set on mass murder, from dodging drones with al-Qaeda leaders in the Arabian desert to training in extremist gyms in Britain and performing supply drops in Kenya. The book also provides a tantalizing look at his dangerous life undercover, as Storm traveled the world for missions targeting its most dangerous terrorists , and into the world’s most powerful spy agencies: their tradecraft, rivalries, and late-night carousing, as well as their ruthless use of a beautiful blonde in an ambitious honey trap. Agent Storm is a captivating, utterly unique, real-life espionage tale. [Amazon]