Above Suspicion Adaptation to be Directed by Phillip Noyce
by Alex Billington
November 10, 2008
Bold Films (Bobby, Starship Troopers 3) has announced that its next feature film project will be an adaptation of New York Times columnist Joe Sharkey's true crime novel "Above Suspicion". Filmmaker Phillip Noyce, of Patriot Games, The Bone Collector, The Quiet American, and Catch a Fire most recently, will direct while Chris Gerolmo, of Mississippi Burning previously, will write the screenplay. The film centers on the true story of the only FBI agent to be convicted of murder - Mark Putnam. He was a dutiful family man and ambitious rookie agent, but everything took a turn for the worse when an affair with an informant threatened to destroy both his career and his marriage. Sounds like it might be intense.
I'm not at all familiar with the book or the story, but apparently it's a bit different than most true crime novels. "You almost feel sorrier for the killer and his family than that of the victim," a reviewer on Amazon mentions. So the story definitely seems good, but does Phillip Noyce still got what it takes? As much as I'd love to believe that he's still a very strong filmmaker, I'm just not sure if he's able to actually take a good story and turn it into a great movie. I feel like he's still got the necessary tools, but the end results falls a bit flat. Hopefully Noyce finds the right cast to potentially make this a big hit on top of being a great adaptation. I'll remain optimistic and still hope for the best. Anyone still confident in Noyce?