Gaghan Pens McG’s “Dead Spy Running”

“Traffic” scribe Stephen Gaghan will pen the adaptation of Jon Stock’s espionage novel “Dead Spy Running” for Warner Bros. Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story is the first in a trilogy and aims to reinvent the spy genre by telling the origin story of a newly trained spy which mixes Robert Ludlum’s grittiness with John Le Carre’s wit.

McG is attached to direct the project which kicks off with the protagonist running the London Marathon, where a fellow racer is strapped with explosives. The scenario leads to a globe-trotting adventure to clear the name of the man’s father.

McG, who would direct at least the first installment, is producing with Jeanne Allgood.