Ed Zwick to Direct Spy Thriller AMERICAN ASSASSIN
by Matt Goldberg Posted: June 8th, 2011
Director Ed Zwick recently tried his hand at romantic dramedies with Love and Other Drugs. That didn’t work out so well. Now he’s moving on to spy thrillers with an adaptation of Vince Flynn’s novel American Assassin. The book is the 11th in the series about CIA Agent Mitch Rapp, but it’s a prequel that tells “how, as a college scholar and athlete, tragedy forged Rapp’s path to become a ruthless hunter of terrorists for the CIA.” You may recall that last January, CBS Films planned to adapt the first book in the series, Consent to Kill, with Antoine Fuqua attached to direct and Gerard Butler, Colin Farrell, and Matthew Fox all being considered to play Rapp. Deadline reports that CBS Films now considers American Assassin a better starting point for the franchise and it allows them to choose from a younger crop of actors. I haven’t read any of the Rapp books but judging by Zwick’s track record, I’m sure the character will save lots of minorities.
Hit the jump for a synopsis of American Assassin. http://collider.com/ed-zwick-american-assassin/95304/