Originally scheduled to invade the big screen in “Consent to Kill”, Vince Flynn’s super CIA killing machine Mitch Rapp will now instead appear in “American Assassin”, a prequel novel by Flynn that explores the origins of his uber terrorist-killing hero. And instead of Antoine Fuqua attached to direct, Deadline now reports that “Glory’s” Edward Zwick has signed on take over behind the cameras.
As a young man, Mitch Rapp lost his fiancée in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103. Grief-stricken, he swears revenge on the terrorists. He’s quickly recruited by the CIA and soon makes his first kill and is on his way to his first clandestine mission.
Zwick will adapt the book with Marshall Herskovitz, and then direct and produce for CBS Films.
Fans of the Flynn books should probably not expect anything resembling a faithful adaptation, if the “Bourne” films are any indication. Hollywood likes to inject their little agendas into movies, especially ones that deal with terrorism and Government-sanctioned killers. Sound familiar?