Doug Liman Looks to Adapt Spy Novel Series Adaptation 'The Tourist'
by Ben Pearson
September 10, 2012
Though he broke out with 90s indie hits Swingers and Go, director Doug Liman is best known for putting his stamp on the espionage genre by directing The Bourne Identity, laying the groundwork for Paul Greengrass and eventually Tony Gilroy to follow up with their own films in the series. Liman has also helmed Mr. and Mrs. Smith, another spy thriller, so it's safe to say he knows the genre pretty well. Deadline reports that Liman will return to secret agent territory with an adaptation of Olen Steinhauer's popular espionage novel The Tourist for Sony Pictures (no relation to the Depp/Jolie vehicle from a few years ago).
Despite being based on a book, this project came together through TV connections. Liman produces a spy series for USA Network called "Covert Affairs," and the co-creators and writers of that show, Matt Corman and Chris Ord, have been hired to write the script for The Tourist. The story will follow a former CIA field agent named Milo Weaver, who has been trying to take it easy with an office job and leave his sordid past behind. But when an assassin is arrested and a friend of Milo's comes under investigation, he has to return undercover to figure out who's been controlling things from behind the scenes.
While the story sounds a bit bland, Liman has always had an interesting directorial style and I'm hoping he can give this plot a bit of flash and flair to spice things up a bit. He's currently filming All You Need Is Kill, the new sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, and that's definitely one we can get excited about based on what we know so far. The Tourist is the first in a trilogy, so the studio thinks there's franchise potential there, but the jury's still out as far as we're concerned.