He may have missed out on helming the “Thor” sequel, but that hasn’t stopped demand for the skill of Brian Kirk who has entered talks to direct the long-gestating adaptation of “The Osterman Weekend” at Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment and Captivate Entertainment reports Deadline.
The second and shortest novel of ‘Bourne’ series author Robert Ludlum, the story has the host of an investigative news show becoming convinced by a CIA agent that the friends he has invited to a weekend getaway in the country are engaged in a KGB conspiracy that threatens national security.
The book was adapted once before in 1983 and marked the final film of trend-setting helmer Sam Peckinpah’s career. John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson, Rutger Hauer, Dennis Hopper, Meg Foster, Burt Lancaster and Chris Sarandon all starred.
Simon Kinberg and Jesse Wigutow penned the reboot which ditches the Cold War and spy elements and will switch around some of the occupations. Now the show host character will have a different job, and the CIA agent character will be a reporter who warns the man his friends aren’t whom he thinks they are. The reporter then gets killed, pushing the man into a desperate fight to survive and learn whom he can trust and why he’s being targeted.
Kinberg, Peter Davis, Doug Liman, Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith will produce. Both Robert Schwentke (“Flightplan,” “RED”) and Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”) were previously slated to direct.
Irish helmer Kirk is an acclaimed TV director who has helmed several episodes of various acclaimed shoes like “Game of Thrones,” “Luther,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Dexter,” “Luck,” “The Tudors,” “Murphy’s Law,” “Brotherhood,” “The Riches,” “Funland”, the telemovie “My Boy Jack” and a recent mini-series adaptation of “Great Expectations”.