Rupert Sanders to Direct Frederick Forsyth Adaptation THE KILL LIST

     June 20, 2013

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Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is adding another project to his list of potential second features.  The filmmaker made his feature directorial debut on the Snow White redo, but hasn’t exactly been quick to choose his follow-up project.  He attached himself to the “Bonnie and Clyde in space” pic The Juliet as his next film last year, but movement on the film has been relatively quiet in the ensuing months.  No matter, as Deadline now reports that Sanders is set to helm an adaptation of the Frederick Forsyth thriller novel The Kill List.

The story centers on a US Special Forces Tracker and member of the mysterious government organization known as TOSA who is tasked with hunting down a target of the agency’s “kill list”: a terrorist nicknamed the Preacher who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations.  The film will find Sanders firmly in the world of an international thriller, and it’ll be interesting to see how the director brings his inventive visual style to the spy world.  The producers and Sanders will now begin meeting with writers to choose a script for the film.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the novel.

the-kill-list-book-coverHere’s a synopsis for The Kill List:

An extraordinary cutting-edge suspense novel from the master of international intrigue and #1 New York Times–bestselling author.

In Virginia, there is an agency bearing the bland name of Technical Operations Support Activity, or TOSA. Its one mission is to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. TOSA actually exists. So does the Kill List.

Added to it is a new name: a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA’s top hunter of men.

He has spent the last six years at his job. He knows nothing about his target’s name, face, or location. He realizes his search will take him to places where few could survive. But the Preacher has made it personal now. The hunt is on. [Amazon]

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