New Line Takes Zigzag Route

New Line has landed screen rights to the just published Ben Macintyre book “Agent Zigzag: True Wartime Story of Love and Deception” reports the trades.

The book, published last week by Harmony Books, centers on the true-life story of Eddie Chapman, a criminal, con man and philanderer who was recruited and trained by the Nazis at the beginning of World War II.

Chapman quickly became a master of espionage, and while on a mission to destroy an airplane factory in Britain, contacted the M15, Britain’s secret service, thus beginning his life as a double agent.

Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing.