CBS Films has swapped directors for their upcoming adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel “American Assassin”. Originally slated to be directed by Edward Zwick (of “Glory” and “The Last Samurai” fame), the film will now be directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, whose previous credits include “Traitor” with Don Cheadle and co-writing “The Day After Tomorrow”.
Apparently Zwick, who co-wrote the screenplay, was all set to direct, but couldn’t get onboard CBS Films’ timetable, and has decided on “The Great Wall” with Henry Cavill instead.
Although officially the 11th installment in the popular series of action-adventure books by Flynn, “American Assassin” is a prelude that traces the origins of its hero, Mitch Rapp, the ace CIA spy and terrorist hunter recruited while in college. I’m guessing being able to tell girls at bars that you kill terrorists had something to do with it, but I could be wrong.
CBS Films was originally going to be adapt “Consent to Kill”, but the decision, it appears, is to go younger now rather than later ala the Jack Ryan movies, which still can’t seem to make up its mind what the hell it wants to do.
Via : Deadline