Gary Ross Doing Matt Helm Feature

The Playlist reports that before he gets to work on the script for the “Spider-Man” spin-off feature “Venom”, director Gary Ross is tackling a different kind of hero – swinging spy Matt Helm for Paramount Pictures.

Paul Attanasio (“Donnie Brasco”) penned the latest draft of the script which Steven Spielberg considered directing but opted instead for the “Harvey” remake. Paramount is keen to have a Bond/Bourne style spy franchise of their own and have reportedly set Ross to direct the project.

Donald Hamilton penned the book series beginning in 1960 which wasn’t about a spy but rather a spyhunter, a man with the primary job of assassinating enemy agents.

The properties were previously adapted into three movies in the mid-to-late 1960s starring Dean Martin that bared little relation to the novels, serving more as a satire of the then immensely popular and still young James Bond film series.