Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the film rights to Don Winslow’s bestselling novel “Satori” with plans to turn it into a Leonardo DiCaprio-led feature says Deadline.
DiCaprio will play Nicholai Hel, a Westerner raised in Japan by a Japanese general and martial arts expert.
The student repays him by murdering his mentor as an act of devotion (sparing him disgrace). Kept in a Tokyo prison for three years, the CIA releases him in return for assassinating the Soviet commissioner to China with the help of a beautiful French woman he falls in love with.
Betrayed by his the Americans, he soon makes his way through early 1950s Vietnam hunted by American, Chinese, Russian and French intelligence agencies as well as a Corsican mob and Vietnamese criminal syndicate.
Shane Salerno will write the script with Winslow who also penned the novel “Savages” which Oliver Stone is adapting as his next film. John Lesher and Jennifer Killoran are producing.