is going back to work for the first time since Snow White and a Huntsman and his much-publicized affair with Kristen Stewart, with Deadline reporting that he's attached to direct an adaptation of the new Frederick Forsyth thriller, The Kill List. Even though the novel doesn't hit shelves until September, the producers are already meeting with writers to get the production off the ground as quickly as possible.
The Kill List is a contemporary espionage tale described as an "intricate chess game between a brilliant Marine, an Israeli agent, a teenage hacker and a mysterious psychopathic cleric." Sanders has been a long-time fan of Forsyth's work and recently expressed his admiration for the author:
Day Of The Jackal, Odessa File and The Dogs Of War are three of the finest works of modern espionage. It is an incredible privilege to work from Forsyth’s new novel The Kill List. It is a thrilling read and frighteningly accurate. It immerses us in the shadowy worlds of terrorists, spies, private contractors, US and UK special forces. It spans an epic, international world and delves deep into the psychology of its two main characters – ‘the hunter’ – a US Special Forces Tracker and ‘the hunted’ an extreme fundamentalist terrorist. Forsyth’s depth of research and authenticity creates a vivid and frightening story – a nightmare scenario that is all too possible. He predicted new strains of civilian terrorism long before the horrible murder in Woolwich and draws out conclusions to where such actions spread like a virus.
The "horrible murder in Woolwich" that Sanders was referring to was the brutal execution of a British Army soldier, Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death by assailants in southeast London.
The Kill List sounds like it has the potential to be a gripping and culturally relevant thriller, and with production on the movie being fast tracked we should be hearing a lot more about this movie in the coming months.
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