'Muppets' Director James Bobin Recruiting 'Agent Zigzag' for Movie
In addition to prepping a sequel to The Muppets, which successfully brought the Jim Henson creations back to the big screen with love, care and hilarity, director James Bobin has just landed another directing gig with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman producing through their Playtone Pictures production banner. Variety says Bobin will be at the helm of Agent Zigzag, an adaptation of Ben McIntyre's non-fiction book of the same, which tells the true story of Eddie Chapman, a professional criminal who became a highly effective double agent during WWII by winning the trust of German intelligence services like a real bad-ass.
As the book is described on Amazon, for those curious:
"Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began. Based on recently declassified files, Agent Zigzag tells Chapman’s full story for the first time. It’s a gripping tale of loyalty, love, treachery, espionage, and the thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal."
Sounds like there's the potential for a lot of comedy and drama here, maybe something akin to Catch Me If You Can. These kind of stories always interest me, where espionage and double lives create just as many problems as they do solutions in a time of war. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a film that I really enjoy, and while it's not the same kind of story, Argo has the same kind of intrigue and tone that I like from movies like this. It's not clear how soon Bobin will get this project off the ground with The Muppets sequel on his plate, but we'll do our best to keep you updated.