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Beyond Bond: Smart Spy Films in Development

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Skyfall will be one of my guilty pleasures this year. With Daniel Craig signed for at least two more Bond films, there won’t be the annoying four year gap between films like there was between Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.

Both the Bond and the Bourne franchises seem to be on steady ground. Jeremy Renner pulled in enough of an audience with the Bourne Legacy that the franchise could conceivably grow without its title character.

With a steady supply of popcorn spy flicks secured, I looked around to see if any more literary spy flicks were in the works. Last year’s excellent Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy only wet my appetite for films that were about more than just car chases.

I found two interesting projects in development.

Anton Corbijn maybe becoming the “thinking man’s” spy film director. He already directed the quite and moody film The American, starring George Clooney based on the taciturn novel by Martin Booth.

Corbijn now has agreed to take on A Most Wanted Man, by John le Carré. Philip Seymour Hoffman and William Defoe are attached to the project which makes it a must see for me.

A quick note on Defoe. If you haven’t seen it yet, take the time to catch The Hunter. The cinematography alone is well worth it and Defoe as usual is a pleasure to watch.

The other project I stumbled across was one by Doug Liman. Liman is equally proficient in directing kinetic popcorn (Bourne Identity) as he is handing more serious topics (Fair Game), has according to Deadline signed on to bring super spy Milo Weaver to the big screen. Weaver is best-selling novelist Olen Steinhauer’s creation. The character is a bit of a mix of George Smiley and Jack Ryan and should translate very well to the big screen.

Unfortunately the first book is titled The Tourist, so unless the marketing department wants to spend a large chunk of its budget trying to disassociate itself from the horrible 2010 film featuring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, I imagine they might pick another title. Spy names seem to make good franchise monikers

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