David Fincher & Rooney Mara May Reunite on 'Red Sparrow' Thriller
After teaming for a gritty adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it was hoped that director David Fincher and star Rooney Mara would reteam for the two sequels in the book series that inspired the American film adaptation. However, Sony Pictures doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get those films made. In the meantime, 20th Century Fox might be able to get the filmmaker and actress back together as Deadline reports Fincher and Mara are circling an adaptation of Red Sparrow. Darren Aronofsky once expressed interest in the film, but it seems he's fallen away. Now the studio already has a writer in talks to get to work.
First, here's the synopsis of the espionage thriller:
In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole.
As the action careens between Russia, Finland, Greece, Italy, and the United States, Dominika and Nate soon collide in a duel of wills, tradecraft, and—inevitably—forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but those of others as well. As secret allegiances are made and broken, Dominika and Nate’s game reaches a deadly crossroads. Soon one of them begins a dangerous double existence in a life-and-death operation that consumes intelligence agencies from Moscow to Washington, DC.
American Hustle scribe Eric Warren Singer is currently being lined up to adapt the book written by Jason Matthews with Chernin Entertainment producing along with Steve Zailian and his Film Rites banner. It's pretty early to call this a done deal because Singer still has to write the script, but with interest from Fincher and Mara, Fox definitely wants to move quickly to see if they can get this project together. Of course, Fincher is notoriously picky about his projects, most recently turning down a film written by his The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin about Apple founder Steve Jobs. It'd be nice to see Fincher reteam with Mara for another thriller, but who knows if it will actually happen.