Antoine Fuqua Gets the Consent to Kill

Consent to Kill Book CoverMitch Rapp. He’s like James Bond, except with a sense of humor and knee injury. Or at least, that’s the impression one gets after reading the book’s plot. Variety has director Antoine Fuqua’s next movie for CBS Films being an adaptation of the novel “Consent to Kill”. Heck, even the title is all Bond-ish. Scheduled to be adapted for the screen by Jonathan Lemkin, and based on the novel of the same name by Vince Flynn, the book’s hero is one Mitch Rapp, a counter-terrorism hero battling International bad guys and domestic idiot politicians. Basically, it’s mostly based on a true story.

Here’s the plot of the book from Amazon:

Flynn continues to ratchet up the stakes for CIA assassin Mitch Rapp, who here battles a Saudi billionaire bent on revenge, an ex–East German Stasi spy and a deadly husband-and-wife team of assassins. There’s a $20-million contract out on Mitch’s head, and to add injury to insult, he hurts his leg during a morning run. After a knee operation and an even more serious mishap, Mitch is out of the hospital and hot on the trail of the evildoers. Meanwhile, Mitch’s wife, NBC White House correspondent Anna Reilly, who has been in jeopardy in other Flynn novels like The Third Option, announces midway that she’s pregnant: even the dullest of readers will know big trouble is in store. Besides terrorists and assassins, Mitch has to battle the new national director of intelligence, a craven, hypocritical, inside-the-Beltway operator.

Antoine Fuqua has a pretty impressive resume, counting among his credits “Training Day”, “Shooter”, and the vastly underrated “Tears of the Sun”. Writer Lemkin, meanwhile, previously adapted Fuqua’s “Shooter” from another novel.

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