Anton Corbijn's [The American, Control] next film will be an adaptation of former MI6 operative John Le Carre's A Most Wanted Man. The book, published in 2008 is set in Hamburg and tells the tale of a suspected Chechian Muslim terrorist and the lawyer who tries to help him. Le Carre's previous novel The Spy Who Came In From the Cold put the writer on the map and stands as an icon of its genre, and adapted into a critically acclaimed film starring Richard Burton. A Most Wanted Man is being adapted by Edge of Darkness screenwriter Andrew Bovell. Hit the jump for the details.
Here's the synopsis from Le Carre's website:
A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse round his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa. Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation…. Soon her client’s survival becomes more important to her than her own career. In pursuit of Issa’s mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Frères, a failing British bank based in Hamburg.
The Novel is loosely based on the true story of Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen living in Germany, who was taken by U.S. authorities and sent to Guantanamo bay, where he was held without charge for several years before being released in 2006. THR broke the news. Fans of John le Carré will also get a look at the new version of his much older story Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, directed by Tomas Alfredson [Let the Right One In] and stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom hardy & Benedict Cumberbatch. That adaption arrives November 18th 2011 [US release date.]
Check out the promo for the book below.