Rupert Sanders Takes Aim at The Kill List

Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders on the set of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Movie Image

Director Rupert Sanders made a pretty impressive feature film directorial debut with last year’s “Snow White and the Huntsman”, though he might be more famous as “the older married guy who had an affair with Kristen Stewart”, star of “Huntsman”. Which is unfortunate, because like I said, for all its faults, “Huntsman” was a pretty impressive debut.

Sanders has since moved on with his life and career, and he’s now set to helm a big-screen adaptation of the Frederick Forsyth thriller “The Kill List”. Sanders is gung-ho about the project, too, telling Deadline:

Day Of The Jackal, Odessa File and The Dogs Of War are three of the finest works of modern espionage. It is an incredible privilege to work from Forsyth’s new novel The Kill List. It is a thrilling read and frighteningly accurate. It immerses us in the shadowy worlds of terrorists, spies, private contractors, US and UK special forces. It spans an epic, international world and delves deep into the psychology of its two main characters – ‘the hunter’ – a US Special Forces Tracker and ‘the hunted’ an extreme fundamentalist terrorist. Forsyth’s depth of research and authenticity creates a vivid and frightening story – a nightmare scenario that is all too possible. He predicted new strains of civilian terrorism long before the horrible murder in Woolwich and draws out conclusions to where such actions spread like a virus.

The Kill List Book CoverThe official plot of the book goes something like this:

In Virginia, there is an agency bearing the bland name of Technical Operations Support Activity, or TOSA. Its one mission is to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. TOSA actually exists. So does the Kill List.

Added to it is a new name: a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA’s top hunter of men.

He has spent the last six years at his job. He knows nothing about his target’s name, face, or location. He realizes his search will take him to places where few could survive. But the Preacher has made it personal now. The hunt is on.

The book itself won’t be out until August 20th of this year, but the movie is said to be “an intricate chess game between a brilliant Marine, an Israeli agent, a teenage hacker and a mysterious psychopathic cleric”.