EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal has snapped up rights to journalist Mitch Swenson’s true-story novella The Tracking Of A Russian Spy that will be produced by Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman’s The Picture Company. It marks the second deal for the new shingle since its formation; earlier this month, StudioCanal acquired rights to Tom Wood’s Victor the Assassin books for Pierre Morel to helm and Picture Company to produce with Sentient Entertainment.
Russian Spy, first published on the literary site Thought Catalog, will be adapted by Charles Cumming. It centers on a secret romance Swenson had with Katya, a young and mysterious Russian woman he met in a New York nightclub. She disappeared suddenly after the arrest in 2010 of 10 Russian Americans who were charged with spying for the Kremlin. Swenson traveled to Moscow to uncover who his love really was, leading him down a rabbit hole of intrigue and shadow government operations deep within Russia.
Cumming wrote the New York Times bestseller The Trinity Six, which Universal is adapting for Scott Stuber
Ron Halpern is overseeing the project for StudioCanal.
Swenson is repped by UTA, and Cumming is repped by CAA.