Justin Lin to Direct Franchise Hopeful Action Thriller from Patrick Lee
by Ethan Anderton
February 20, 2013
Just like Jason Bourne and the new forthcoming Jack Ryan, it sounds like Warner Bros. wants to get into the thriller franchise game with their own book-based character. Deadline has word that Justin Lin (of the Fast and Furious franchise) is attached to direct an adaptation of an upcoming thriller novel from Patrick Lee, author of books like The Breach, Ghost Country and Deep Sky. The new book is part of a three book deal, the first of which will be published next winter and marks the introduction of recurring character Sam Dryden, an ex-special operative who gets caught up in government espionage and intrigue. More below!
The first untitled installment follows Dryden as he runs into a mysterious young girl who is not quite what she seems, and must embark on a journey to keep her safe from a powerful government agent intent on hunting her down. Sounds pretty generic, but as is the case with a lot of these movies, it will be the strength and appeal of the lead character that determines how audiences connect with the material. As of now, it's not clear who will write the adaptation, but Warner Bros. just won the screen rights to the novel in a bidding war, so it might be awhile before some real development happens.