Mann Plans Second Litvinenko Film

A day after it was announced that Johnny Depp and Warner Bros. Pictures were developing a film about the death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, a rival project has sprung up.

Sony Pictures has revealed that filmmaker Michael Mann (“Heat”, “Collateral”, “Miami Vice”) is attached to produce and direct a “wide-ranging espionage thriller” about the incident based on the forthcoming book “Death of a Dissident” by Litvinenko’s close friend Alexander Goldfarb.

Goldfarb was instrumental in helping Litvinenko defect from Russia to Britain. Litvinenko died of radiation poisoning in London in November under mysterious circumstance that many see as the basis for an international spy movie says The Hollywood Reporter.

Sony has also has acquired the life rights for Litvinenko’s widow Marina and says their film will explore “the collision between the deep-rooted Russian power structure — enforced by the KGB and its successor, the FSB — and the new wave of wild west capitalism that came on the heels of glasnost”.