Prince of Persia Director Developing Reality-Based Spy Movie
02.15.10 by BJSprecher
The mysterious poisoning death of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko was one of the most sensational news stories of 2006. Afforded political asylum from Russia in the United Kingdom, Litvinenko died of "acute radiation syndrome" three weeks after being exposed to polonium-210. On his deathbed, Litvienenko accused then-President and current Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin, with his murder.
If you think the story sounds like the plot of a spy movie, you would be right. Or rather, it will be, as two studios are looking to adapt the true-life espionage story for the big screen. Michael Mann (Public Enemies) announced that he planned to produce and direct an adaptation of Litvinenko's story for Sony back in January 2007. Now, Variety is reporting that Mike Newell, director of Disney's upcoming Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, will write and direct a second adaptation of Litvinenko's story for Warner Bros.
Newell's as-yet-untitled movie will use Alan Cowell's book The Terminal Spy as a basis for the script, which he is writing with the assistance of David Scarpa, the screenwriter recently tapped to reboot the Daredevil franchise. Producer Ollie Madden of Warner's London division acquired the rights to Cowell's book in January 2007 and will oversee the project.