Fresh from directing Factory Girl, the film about Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick that Ryan Stewart described as "a pair of superficial portraits," George Hickenlooper has found his next gig -- something completely different. He's been tapped to adapt and direct an espionage thriller by Colin MacKinnon called Morning Spy, Evening Spy for Rifkin-Eberts. The film will be next in the series of 9/11 movies. However, this one won't be of the "Yay U.S.!" scope, I presume, but rather something more akin to Juliette Binoche's A Few Days in September. Where that film used monetary rationale to explain the attacks, this one deals with political fumbles.

The book is a mix of fact and fiction, detailing a CIA agent named Paul Patterson. While investigating the murder of a CIA operative who had been hunting Bin Laden pre-11, he uncovers a bunch of troublesome events that Publishers Weekly describes as "porous U.S. immigration policies, White House indifference, CIA bungling -- that in hindsight provides the perfect set of circumstances for 9/11." This is compounded on Patterson's personal problems -- he's dealing with a divorce that came from the accidental death of his son. Now, Variety's description of the book leaves out the bungling, and talks about the guy coming only meters away from Bin Laden and Mohammad Atta, so I wonder if this will be adapted into a straight spy thriller without the political undertones? Time will tell. Meanwhile, an absolutely terrific film that Hickenlooper executive produced, Ghosts of Cité Soliel, comes out this week, so you should go check it out.
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