Paul Greengrass Set to Direct 'Agent Storm' Al Qaeda & CIA Thriller
by Ethan Anderton
July 28, 2014
Following his direction of the true story Captain Phillips, filmmaker Paul Greengrass is sticking with non-fiction. Deadline reports The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 director will develop to direct and produce an adaptation of Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. The book (hitting shelves in the United States this September) is written by the titular agent, Morten Storm, along with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister, and tells about his life as a former Islamic radical as he became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. That certainly sounds like quite a compelling spy thriller.
Here's the official synopsis of the book:
Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, and Storm sought purpose in a community of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, named his son Osama, and became close friends with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric. But after a decade of Jihadi life, he not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence.
But this isn't the only project that Greengrass is working on. The filmmaker is also teaming with Scott Rudin, producer of Captain Phillips, on Memphis, the gestating story of Martin Luther King Jr., his final civil rights march, tragic assassination, and the federal agents who followed his every move under the direction of J. Edgar Hoover. Funnily enough, Agent Storm will also reteam Rudin and Greengrass, and the could very well end up getting Oscar nominations yet again. Greengrass isn't known for moving quickly to get his projects off the ground though, so we'll see how his developing projects pan out.