Jeffrey Nachmanoff (“Traitor”) is set to replace Ed Zwick at the helm of “American Assassin” for CBS Films says Deadline.
An adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel, the aim is to launch a potential spy thriller franchise following the central character – CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz wrote the most recent draft of the script.
‘Assassin’ is the eleventh book in the series, but is a prequel which makes it perfect for a first film to explore how personal tragedy transformers a college scholar and athlete into a ruthless hunter of terrorists for the CIA. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler are producing.
CBS Films acquired rights to the series back in 2008 when it attempted to adapt “Consent to Kill” with Antoine Fuqua helming and the likes of Gerard Butler and Colin Farrell up for the role of Rapp.