Marc Webb to Direct Soviet Drama 'Cold Comfort' for 20th Century Fox
Though director Marc Webb was recently pegged to take on The Amazing Spider-Man 3, making him the sole director in the rebooted comic book franchise, he also has his eye on shooting a film that doesn't involved the webhead. Deadline has word that 20th Century Fox has picked up a book called Cold Comfort (aka How to Catch a Russian Spy) and will develop the film as a directing vehicle for Webb. For now the subject of the book is keeping their identity a secret, because it's the true account of an American civilian turned self-taught spy, who worked with the FBI to bring down a Russian intelligence agent on US soil.
Apparently the story will allow a great comedy actor, the trade specifically naming Jonah Hill as a comparison, to put in a strong performance, and several studios and directors were after this new property. Of course, with Webb already lined up to continue The Amazing Spider-Man franchise after the second film hits theaters this summer, there's no telling how soon it might get off the ground. Maybe Sony will give Webb enough time to direct the film at Fox before picking up Spidey again. But first, a writer will need to be found to adapt the yet-to-be-published book. Stay tuned.