Brian Kirk, who was previously one of the candidates considered to direct Marvel’s Thor 2, looks to be adding another feature to his “to-do” list. Deadline reports that Kirk is in talks to direct an adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s thriller novel The Osterman Weekend. Red director Robert Schwentke was previously attached to the project, but it appears that’s not the case anymore. The book centers on John Tanner, a hardworking attorney and loving husband who is told that the friends who have invited him to a weekend in the country aren’t who he thinks they are. What follows is a journey filled with doubt and paranoia as Tanner fights to stay alive and figure out who’s out to get him. Ludlum is, of course, the author behind the Jason Bourne series so we can safely expect a good deal of espionage/ass-kicking.
Kirk’s credits include Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, and he recently signed on to direct the Guillermo del Toro-produced Midnight Delivery. He’s also developing a project called Paper Wings as a potential Tom Cruise vehicle. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for The Osterman Weekend.
This weekend was the big press junket for Summit Entertainment’s Red (click here for a review…it’s a lot of fun). While I’ll have tons of video interviews with the cast very soon, after the press conference ended with director Robert Schwentke, I managed to ask him a number of questions about the two projects he’s linked to – R.I.P.D. with Ryan Reynolds and a remake of Robert Ludlum’s The Osterman Weekend (previously made by Sam Peckinpah in 1983 with Rutger Hauer).
While many assumed R.I.P.D. would definitely be his next project, Schwentke revealed he also signed to direct Ludlum’s The Osterman Weekend for Summit Entertainment. However, neither movie has a ready to shoot script, as Schwentke told me they’re still waiting on the script for The Osterman Weekend and R.I.P.D. is being re-written right now. What this probably means is Schwentke is hedging his bets and whichever script gets the green light will be the one he moves forward on. It’s the reason why directors sign on to five things at the same time, as no matter how big you are in Hollywood, getting a green light is still hard.
Hit the jump for more info on both projects and to read/listen to what Schwentke had to say.