'Divergent' Director Heads into Spy Territory with 'All the Old Knives'
After directing the young adult sci-fi adventure Divergent, director Neil Burger isn't returning for the sequel Insurgent, and RED 2 director Robert Schwentke is taking over. Instead, Burger is taking himself into the spy thriller genre with All the Old Knives, an adaptation of Olen Steinhauer's yet-to-be-published thriller novel that has already been optioned by Chockstone Pictures and turned into a screenplay by the author himself. The story takes place in a town called Carmel-by-the-Sea and follows two former lovers, one still in the CIA and one an ex-agent, as they meet for some dinner and recollect the past.
It sounds like the majority of the movie will be told in flashbacks, focusing on the hijacking of Royal Jordanian Flight 127, which ended in the death of all onboard, a failure that haunts their agency's Vienna station to this day. It's not clear if one of these lovers is there to rekindle the romance or get to the bottom of a conspiracy, and that could create complications for who walks away from the dinner table alive. The book will be published in March, so it should get a good fanbase together before the film gets off the ground.
Burger hypes up the project (via Deadline) by saying, "Olen Steinhauer has written a fantastic, suspenseful, sophisticated drama set in the world of the CIA. As a director, I love that it’s a tightly woven puzzle, a mystery involving counter-terrorism and also a mystery of the human heart. Best of all are the two very clever and calculating characters at the center of the story who are dealing with issues of loyalty, sacrifice and a lot of sexual tension. I can’t wait to start casting them.” Sounds like it's still early days on the project, but expect some updates from us as soon as they're available.