Director Phillip Noyce Taking on Spy Film 'Wenceslas Square'
by Ethan Anderton
March 12, 2010
After seeing the kick-ass trailer for this summer's Angelina Jolie action vehicle Salt, I realized how great it's going to be having director Phillip Noyce return to a spy film of this caliber again. Over the last decade, his directing gigs have been relatively low key and not really action-packed, but with previous turns on films like Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, and The Saint, there's no doubt he's very comfortable in the genre. So it's good to hear news from Variety that Noyce is set to direct Wenceslas Square, a spy thriller which is about a young CIA officer and a beautiful Czech spy who meet in Prague during the Cold War era.
Noyce calls it "a gripping story about two young spies intoxicated by the espionage game and their passion for each other." The film has an unlikely team of producers in "This American Life" duo Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp along with a script from writing team Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who recently wrote The First Avenger: Captain America, as well as the first two Chronicles of Narnia movies. Arthur Phillips wrote the short story this is based on, which was featured on Episode #337 of "This American Life" (which explains Glass and Shipp's involvement) and first published in Wild East: Stories From the Last Frontier. An interesting group of people working on what sounds like an interesting fact-based spy thriller. I'm game.