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Brian Kirk In Talks To Helm Robert Ludlum’s ‘The Osterman Weekend’

By | Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 1:18pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Brian Kirk is in talks to direct The Osterman Weekend, the adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel for Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment and Captivate Entertainment.

The Irish helmer is also developing Paper Wings at Sony as a potential Tom Cruise vehicle, as well as the Guillermo Del Toro-produced Midnight Delivery at Universal. He most recently directed the BBC miniseries Great Expectations and helmed several episodes of the Idris Elba series Luther.

Scripted by Simon Kinberg and Jesse Wigutow, The Osterman Weekend is classic Ludlum, mixing conspiracy, murder and a man on the run. On the eve of an annual weekend getaway with friends, John Tanner is visited by a reporter who tells him his friends aren’t who he thinks they are. When the reporter turns up dead, Tanner gets caught in downward spiral of doubt and paranoia and, ultimately, a desperate fight to stay alive long enough to figure out who he can trust and who’s out to kill him. The book was previously turned into a 1983 film by Sam Peckinpah.

Peter Davis is producing through Davis-Panzer Productions alongside Simon Kinberg and his Genre Films banner, Doug Liman, and Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith for Captivate, which has The Bourne Legacy coming up with Tony Gilroy directing and Jeremy Renner starring for Universal. Henry Morrison will be executive producer of The Osterman Weekend. Kirk’s repped by CAA and Independent Talent.

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Scribe For Ludlum’s ‘Osterman Weekend’

Mike Fleming

Summit Entertainment signed Jesse Wigutow to do a rewrite of The Osterman Weekend, the Robert Ludlum thriller. The picture was previously adapted into a 1983 Sam Peckinpah-directed film. Summit is trying to move fast to lock in Robert Schwentke, who is attracting buzz for his upcoming Bruce Willis-Helen Mirren starrer Red. Schwentke has competition for his next slot, as Universal wants him for RIPD with Ryan Reynolds. Wigutow just scripted an untitled Steve McQueen biopic, as well Divorcees for Universal and Snepp at HBO. Read More »

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‘Red’ Director Robert Schwentke Jumps Into Fox 2000′s ‘Shadow Divers’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Schwentke, whose upcoming Helen Mirren-Bruce Willis-John Malkovich shoot-em-up Red got a big Comic-Con reaction, has taken the plunge on Shadow Divers, the Fox 2000 adaptation of the Robert Kurson book. It is one of a couple films Schwentke’s circling, projects that include a new Simon Kinberg-scripted version of the Robert Ludlum thriller The Osterman Weekend at Summit Entertainment, where Schwentke made Red. It isn’t clear yet what next picture his CAA agents will lock him into.

Last I’d written about Shadow Divers was several years ago, when Ridley Scott planned to direct a script by Cast Away‘s William Broyles. I’m told that Fox 2000 will tweak that script under Schwentke’s supervision. Kurson’s acclaimed book follows two wreck divers who uncover the hull of a German U-boat off the New Jersey coast in 1991. The divers became obsessed with discovering the truth behind the ship and the men who died inside it.

Schwentke has so far helmed The Time Traveler’s Wife and Flightplan since moving from German cinema to Hollywood fare. Here is a recent Red trailer.

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