'The American' Director Anton Corbijn to Adapt 'A Most Wanted Man'

June 20, 2011
Source: THR

Anton Corbijn / A Most Wanted Man

After helming the slow-burning but fairly fantastic thriller The American with George Clooney, director Anton Corbijn will stay in mostly familiar territory by next taking on an adaptation of John le Carré's novel A Most Wanted Man. Published in 2008, the story follows boxer Melik Oktay and his mother as they take in a man named Issa and set off a chain of events implicating intelligence agencies from three countries. Why? Because Issa, who claims to be a Muslim medical student, is a wanted terrorist and the son of Grigori Karpov, a Red Army colonel whose considerable assets are concealed at a Hamburg bank.

THR says the novel is loosely based on the real-life story of Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen and legal German resident who was seized by American authorities, with knowledge of the German government and taken to Guantanamo Bay. Andrew Bovell, the writer behind the Mel Gibson thriller Edge of Darkness will script the adaptation which is expected to film in Hamburg this winter. Le Carré's work has been adapted into film several times before with The Constant Gardener, The Tailor of Panama, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and many more. If this film has the complex characters and quiet thrills of The American, this could be another great adaptation of Le Carré's writing heading to the big screen.

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