German director Robert Schwentke (“Flightplan,” “RED”) is under consideration to direct a new adaptation of ‘Bourne Identity’ author Robert Ludlum’s 1972 novel “The Osterman Weekend” at Summit Entertainment reports Pajiba
The second and shortest of Ludlum’s works, the story has the host of an investigative news show becoming convinced by a CIA agent that the friends he has invited to a weekend in the country are engaged in a KGB conspiracy that threatens national security.
The book was adapted once before in 1983 and marked the final film of trend-setting helmer Sam Peckinpah’s career. John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson, Rutger Hauer, Dennis Hopper, Meg Foster, Burt Lancaster and Chris Sarandon all starred.
Despite the book’s acclaim, the resulting film was a legendarily incomprehensible mess thanks mostly to a convoluted script which took many liberties with the book. Peckinpah’s ill health and slow psychological breakdown brought on by years of major substance abuse also didn’t help.
Ludlum himself offered to rewrite the script for free, but differences between the producers and Peckinpah prevented this from happening. Peckinpah was fired when he refused to re-edit the film after very confusing test screening results.
Simon Kimberg (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith”) has penned a script previously described as a “more faithful and more contemporary version” of the work. Kinberg was linked to direct the project back in 2007.
Schwentke is also said to be considering Kurt Eichenwald’s “Conspiracy of Fools”, Michael Ignatieff’s “Charlie Johnson in Flames” and John Leake’s “Entering Hades” as potential gigs.