Frank Marshall Set to Direct Adaptation of 'A Matter of Honor' Thriller
Aside from producing such iconic franchises as Indiana Jones and Back to the Future, Hollywood hotshot Frank Marshall has also tried his hand at directing with films like Congo and Arachnophobia. Now THR has word that Marshall is set to direct an adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's novel A Matter of Honor. The story follows a young ex-military officer, Adam Scott, who unwittingly comes between rival intelligence agencies in pursuit of an object that can change the global balance of power. If all goes well, the plan includes a sequel based on Honor Among Thieves, another novel featuring the Scott character.
Here's the official synopsis of A Matter of Honor:
In 1966, Adam Scott, an unemployed British ex-army officer with an uncertain future, attends the reading of his disgraced father's will. Part of his inheritance is a letter detailing the events of Hermann Goering's suicide and two unopened letters from the Nazi general giving him access to a Swiss bank vault and the valuable Russian icon it contains. However, a veritable state secret is concealed in the painting and the KGB and the CIA both want it before the expiry of a crucial deadline. Scott's perilous journey across Europe to the questionable safety of England is by plane, car, foot, bus, ambulance, van, and ferry as he stays one step ahead of death with the assistance of farmers, salesmen, racing cyclists, hoodlums, and an entire orchestra. An epic chase thriller tidily concluded with a series of neat twists.
This kind of espionage thriller is new material for Marshall as a director, but as a producer, the man is no stranger to that kind of subject matter having produced the Jason Bourne franchise starring Matt Damon. In addition, with plans for a sequel already being thought of, we could very well be looking at another Jack Ryan sort of franchise in the works. Marshall says himself, "Jeffrey Archer is a master storyteller whose suspenseful plots and compelling characters have the potential for a multi-feature film franchise with both domestic and international appeal.” I'm not familiar with the books, but I'm certainly a big fan of espionage thrillers and hope Marshall works well in the subgenre.