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'Game of Thrones' Director Brian Kirk to Helm 'Osterman Weekend'

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February 28, 2012
Source: Deadline

Osterman Weekend / Brian Kirk

Though plans to have the "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" director take on the sequel to Thor fell through, Brian Kirk has found another film project instead. Deadline has word that Kirk is in talks to direct The Osterman Weekend, based on Robert Ludlum's conspiracy thriller novel of the same name. Robert Schwentke (RED) was circling the project before, but now Kirk will adapt the book for Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment. However, this won't be the first time the book has seen big screen action as Sam Peckinpah previously turned the book into a film back in 1983 with Rutger Hauer and John Hurt. Read on!

The story follows a man name John Tanner who, whilst enjoying a getaway with some friends, learns from a reporter that his buddies aren't who they seem. But it's not until the reporter turns up dead that Tanner finds himself paranoid, on the run and fighting to stay alive as people he once trusted seem to be out to kill him. Sounds like the exact kind of thriller we've come to expect from Ludlum, and knowing what great work Kirk has turned in for series like "Luther" and "Luck" recently, this sounds like perfect material for him to tackle as his first feature film since the 2007 TV movie My Boy Jack with Daniel Radcliffe.

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  • Sounds pretty great. Game of Thrones is really well directed, so it will be interesting to see Kirk's take on the Ludlum story!
  • Hattori Hanzo
    Peckinpah totally missed the boat on that one. The dialogue was cheesey and other than Hurt, the acting was wooden; especially when it came to Craig T. Nelson.  Ludlum must of been very desperate for money at the time. The original had great potential and on top of that it is very dated in a And Justice For All kind of way. Looking forward to the remake.

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