It was announced today that Pierce Brosnan and Dominic Cooper have been set to star in the espionage action-thriller November Man. The film is based on Bill Granger’s novel There Are No Spies and “tells the tale of an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.” Production is set to begin in October in Berlin, with Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job) onboard to direct from a script by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Tresspass).
Cooper has had a string of high profile roles as of late, as he starred as Howard Stark in last year’s Captain America: The First Avenger and turned heads with his stellar performance in The Devils Double. He’ll be seen this summer in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding November Man.
Pierce Brosnan’s production company Irish DreamTime has entered into a multi-picture financing and distribution deal with The Solution Entertainment Group (“The Solution”), it was announced by The Solution’s co-founders and partners Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel and Irish DreamTime’s Brosnan and partner Beau St. Clair.
The first film under the deal is the espionage action-thriller NOVEMBER MAN starring Brosnan (THE GHOST WRITER, THE MATADOR) and Dominic Cooper (THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN), directed by Roger Donaldson (THE BANK JOB) from a script by Michael Finch (PREDATORS) & Karl Gajdusek (TRESPASS).
Based on the book There Are No Spies by Bill Granger, NOVEMBER MAN is the first film from a series of beloved espionage novels and is being developed as a franchise opportunity. Beau St. Clair is producing alongside Sriram Das of Das Films, who jointly developed the script. Dino Conte is executive producing.
NOVEMBER MAN tells the tale of an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect. The film is scheduled to start shooting in October on location in Berlin.
The Solution is arranging the financing and handling international distribution for NOVEMBER MAN. CAA, which represents Brosnan, Cooper, and Donaldson, brokered the deal on behalf of Irish DreamTime. CAA also represents the U.S. distribution rights to NOVEMBER MAN.
“Myles and Lisa are great partners for us as filmmakers and share our vision for these films,” St. Clair said. “Their extensive creative and financial experience enables our projects to maximize their full potential. We all believe that the Bill Granger novels and the character of Devereaux feel like the perfect vehicle for Pierce.”
“November Man has been a labor of love for both me and my company,” Brosnan added. “I’m looking forward to working with The Solution, and reuniting with both Roger and Dominic as we prepare to make a great film.”
One of the most internationally recognized actors today, Brosnan has starred in blockbuster hits like THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, MAMA MIA! and four JAMES BOND films. He’s also starred in critical favorites like Roman Polanksi’s THE GHOST WRITER, John Borman’s THE TAILOR OF PANAMA, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his turn in THE MATADOR. He’ll be seen next in Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier’s LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED.
Cooper is currently filming DEAD MAN DOWN with Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. He starred in the box office hit musical MAMMA MIA!, and opposite Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard in the Oscar-nominated AN EDUCATION. He recently starred in Paramount Pictures’ CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, The Weinstein Company’s MY WEEK WITH MARILYN and Lionsgate’s THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE. He will be seen next in the highly anticipated fantasy-horror film ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER.
Working with some of the industry’s leading actors, Donaldson has directed over sixteen films, including box office hits NO WAY OUT, THE RECRUIT, THIRTEEN DAYS, DANTE’S PEAK, THE BOUNTY, THE GETAWAY, THE BANK JOB, SPECIES and COCKTAIL. Donaldson also both wrote and directed the acclaimed film THE WORLD’S FASTEST INDIAN starring Anthony Hopkins.
Finch is currently rewriting AMERICAN ASSASSIN for CBS Films and Lorenzo DiBonaventura. He also completed work on Sony’s MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. Gajdusek rewrote Joseph Kosinski’s OBLIVION starring Tom Cruise, is currently adapting Paramount Pictures’ PUZZLER starring Anne Hathaway, and is rewriting VIKING for Working Title and director Baltasar Kormakur.
The Solution will introduce NOVEMBER MAN to buyers at Cannes as part of their dynamic slate of commercial theatrical titles that includes the psychological thriller GRAND PIANO starring Elijah Wood (LORD OF THE RINGS), produced by Rodrigo Cortes and Adrian Guerra (BURIED, RED LIGHTS) and helmed by Spanish director Eugenio Mira (THE BIRTHDAY), and Joshua Boone’s bittersweet comedy WRITERS, currently in post production starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly and Lily Collins and produced by CRAZY HEART’s Judy Cairo.