Quick News: Operative, Laureate, Hypnotik, White

The Operative
Diane Kruger and Eric Bana are in negotiations to star in “Bethlehem” director Yuval Adler’s espionage-thriller “The Operative,” an adaptation of former Israeli intelligence officer Yiftach Reicher Atir’s “The English Teacher,” for BLOOM.

Kruger will play a rogue Mossad spy trying to thwart Iran’s nuclear program. When she vanishes without a trace while attending her father’s funeral in London, her former handler (Bana) must retrace her steps to determine what threats she may now pose to their operation. [Source: Screen]

The Laureate
Kathy Bates is set to star in the William Nunez penned and directed drama about famed British poet and novelist Robert Graves. Tom Hughes stars as Graves in the film which Nunez, Tristan Lynch and Aoife O’Sullivan will produce.

The film will focus on Graves’ first marriage to Nancy Nicholson (Laura Haddock) during his affair with American poet Laura Riding (Dianna Agron). Bates would play Graves’ meddling mother, Amy. [Source: THR]

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
Paramount Players has begun development of a film adaptation of David Arnold’s forthcoming young adult novel “The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik”.

The surrealist story deals with all the ways we hurt our friends without knowing it, and all the ways they stick around to save us with a sixteen-year-old character who gets hypnotized and realises everything in his world has been rewritten – except his strange fascinations. [Source: Variety]

White Darkness
Imperative Entertainment has optioned the film rights to “The Lost City of Z” author David Grann’s New Yorker article “The White Darkness” based on true events. Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas will produce and develop the survival thriller feature.

The story deals with British explorer Henry Worsley’s 2015 attempt to recreate his hero Ernest Shackleton’s infamous odyssey across Antarctica. The two adventurers, separated by a century but connected in their single-minded focus, battle obliterating conditions and their own inner demons at the South Pole. [Source: Variety]