Anton Corbijn Helming A Very Private Gentleman Adaptation
by Alex Billington
May 16, 2009
Photographer Anton Corbijn is back for more! Corbijn's directorial debut was the black and white biopic Control from 2007 and he's just announced his follow-up. Focus Features is developing an adaptation of Martin Booth's A Very Private Gentleman with Corbijn set to direct. 28 Weeks Later writer Rowan Joffe will adapt the screenplay. The story surrounds an assassin known as Mr. Butterfly who hides out in an idyllic Italian town where he will carry out one final assignment. Going against his usual aversion to human connections, he engages in friendship and romance in the village, a decision that complicates his work.
For those who are not immediately familiar with Anton Corbijn or didn't see Control, he is a world renowned photographer who has worked with bands like U2, Depeche Mode, and Metallica on their album covers and music videos. Control is about the the British punk band Joy Division, and it debuted in 2007 to quite a bit of acclaim. I actually quite disliked the film, but that doesn't mean I'm still excited to see what else Corbijn can do, especially with a story like this. Production is set to begin in the fall. While we wait for more details, including who Corbijn casts in the film, I suggest picking up a copy of the book to read first.