'Captain Phillips' Director to Direct 'The Director' as New Directing Gig
After bringing the real-life story of Captain Phillips to life (which we'll likely see getting some Oscar nominations tomorrow morning), director Paul Greegrass may have found a new project. The Wrap reports that Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to David Ignatius' spy novel The Director, winning a bidding war against other studios. While the filmmaker's involvement isn't official, Greengrass has every intention of adapting the book himself and directing the film. This isn't the first time Ignatius' work has hit the big screen since he wrote Body of Lies, turned into the film with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
As for the story of The Director, here's the official synopsis:
Graham Weber has been director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents’ names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads. Weber isn’t sure where to turn until he meets a charismatic (and unstable) young man named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center. He’s the CIA’s in-house geek. Weber launches Morris on a mole hunt unlike anything in spy fiction—one that takes the reader into the hacker underground of Europe and America and ends up in a landscape of paranoia and betrayal. Like the new world of cyber-espionage from which it’s drawn, The Director is a maze of deception and double-dealing— about a world where everything is written in zeroes and ones and nothing can be trusted.
The book itself doesn't hit shelves until June, so people should be much more familiar with the title once it's available to read. The new project actually marks Michael De Luca’s first deal since taking the role of president of production at Sony Pictures, where he also produced Captain Phillips for Greengrass. The plot sounds like the perfect story for Greengrass after spy thrillers like The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum with Matt Damon really raised his profile. Is this the kind of spy thriller that could get Oscar attention, or will it just be some compelling entertainment like the Jason Bourne franchis? We'll see.