Paul Greengrass’ next project may be the spy tale ‘Agent Storm’


paul_greengrass_1It looks like we might have another collaboration between Paul Greengrass, Scott Rudin, and Sony Pictures in the near future. Apparently, Sony has acquired the rights to an upcoming book called Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA that Rudin is producing and Greengrass might helm. He also could potentially write the adaptation as well, which tells the tale of former Islamic radical who wound up becoming a spy for the CIA. It’s a compelling sounding tale that could be right up Greengrass’ alley. You can see a bit more below, but this might not develop immediately, so stay tuned for more on Agent Storm as it potentially comes together. It’s got potential though, no doubt about that…

Here’s the story from The Hollywood Reporter:

Sony has acquired upcoming book Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA, which centers on the story of a one-time Islamic radical who eventually became a double agent for the CIA, and the British and Danish intelligence.

Scott Rudin is producing the film; sources say Paul Greengrass is eyeing it as a directorial project and also may adapt it.

The book chronicles the life of Morten Storm.

Storm, Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister wrote the book, which will hit stores Sept. 2.

Storm was a troubled youth who, after spending time in prison in London, converted to Islam and moved to Yemen in 2001 to study the Quran. There, he met and worked with extremists, but he eventually realized how dangerous the groups were and was recruited by the CIA as a double agent.

Greengrass has plenty of experience making thrilling espionage-action films, with his previous work including The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and Green Zone. He most recently directed Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, with Sony and Rudin, and the film went on to receive six Academy Award nominations.

Greengrass is repped by CAA and Bloom Hergott.

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