Rooney Mara and David Fincher Circle RED SPARROW; Eric Warren Singer in Talks to Adapt Spy Novel

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Red Sparrow is a flirt when it comes to America’s finest directors.  Darren Aronofsky entered early negotiations to direct an adaptation of Jason Matthews‘ spy novel last year, but moved on from the project in January.  Now David Fincher is circling the project with his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star, Rooney Mara.

According to Deadline, Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle) is in talks with Fox to adapt Red Sparrow.  Singer still needs to sign on and write the script, so it’s too early to say this is the next Mara/Fincher collaboration.  I will root for any project that lends Mara’s stoic charm to Fincher for a couple hours—Red Sparrow gives the pair a particularly saucy plot to play with.  Mara would play a Russian spy and “trained seductress” assigned to assassinate a young CIA officer; they soon “collide in a duel of wills, tradecraft, and—inevitably—forbidden passion.”  Read the book synopsis after the jump.

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In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole.

As the action careens between Russia, Finland, Greece, Italy, and the United States, Dominika and Nate soon collide in a duel of wills, tradecraft, and—inevitably—forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but those of others as well. As secret allegiances are made and broken, Dominika and Nate’s game reaches a deadly crossroads. Soon one of them begins a dangerous double existence in a life-and-death operation that consumes intelligence agencies from Moscow to Washington, DC. [Amazon]

If the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequels have expired, Red Sparrow sounds like it would make a fine spiritual sequel.

Steve Zaillian (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Garrett Basch (The Cold Light of Day), and Peter Chernin (Oblivion) are on board to produce Red Sparrow.




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  • i AN LEGEND

    Still distraught by Fincher + Bale not doing the Steve Jobs movie.

  • evinrude

    Guess THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST are dead then?

    • World’s Finest Comments

      There’s a laundry list of dead David Fincher projects. 20,000 Leagues, his take on the Steve Jobs bio and the Dragon Tattoo sequels just to name a few

    • Hunter

      Might as well do the sequel to Dragon Tattoo and give us what we want. I doubt this does any better at the box office (although I’m sure it will be a good film) than the sequel would.

    • Person

      Not complaining. As much as I love Dragon Tattoo, I don’t wanna see Fincher, Craig and Mara give up on other projects for a couple of years just to fulfill an obligation and finish that trilogy.

  • randommale7

    Happy they’re teaming up again but would be happier is they just did the Dragon Tattoo sequels!

  • james

    Love Rooney Mara, and that we’ve come up with a way to explain her acting. “Stoic charm”, indeed. I hope she gets to crack a smile in this, but it won’t be anything Jennifer Garner didn’t do a decade ago with Alias.

  • Marty

    There are many “WTF” moments about the book. Dominika Egorova? Really? Trained sudestress in Russian agency? Come on! Post-soviet intellegince jungle?! Jeez…This is another jack rayan bullshit. Doesn’t last Die Hard or Jack rayan teach hollywood making movies about evil russians and good americans.
    Can’t believe Fincher even thinking about this project… such dissapoint… Where’s fucking Black Hole movie?!

    • jazzy jeff

      None of those are wtf moments. I’ve read the book as well and considering the author is a former CIA agent, I’ll take his word for it that the Russians really did train beautiful women to steal secrets (not that unbelievable at all) and that Russia is an intelligence jungle since the fall of the USSR. Sorry you don’t like spy fiction

      • Marty

        There is no such name like Dominika in Russia. And it’s kinda stupid to believe that somebody in goverment trained women how to suduce men in some operation. Maybe for fiction it’s good but in reality… please. Maybe we can put in this story some Chernobyl tragedy, white fucking bears, lots of vodka… Why not? It’s still USSR. right?. It’s the same thing if I called USA the country of cows and cowboys.

      • Marty

        There is no such name like Dominika in Russia. And it’s kinda stupid to believe that somebody in goverment trained women how to suduce men in some operation. Maybe for fiction it’s good but in reality… please. Maybe we can put in this story some Chernobyl tragedy, white fucking bears, lots of vodka… Why not? It’s still USSR. right?. It’s the same thing if I called USA the country of cows and cowboys.

      • Bo

        Gotta agree with you Jazzy. This Marty guy seems to have not read the source material which would mean he just could be talkin’ out his ass…
        lol…however, I too have read the book and it’s very good. With Fincher and Rooney Mara involved I’d say it could be a pretty good and a pretty big film. Especially if they cast the right actor to play the guy, Nash. I’m a little hesitant about the writer as I really did not like American Hustle and this book is much darker and gritter…we’ll see.

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