EXCLUSIVE: Brian Kirk is in talks to direct The Osterman Weekend, the adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel for Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment and Captivate Entertainment.
The Irish helmer is also developing Paper Wings at Sony as a potential Tom Cruise vehicle, as well as the Guillermo Del Toro-produced Midnight Delivery at Universal. He most recently directed the BBC miniseries Great Expectations and helmed several episodes of the Idris Elba series Luther.
Scripted by Simon Kinberg and Jesse Wigutow, The Osterman Weekend is classic Ludlum, mixing conspiracy, murder and a man on the run. On the eve of an annual weekend getaway with friends, John Tanner is visited by a reporter who tells him his friends aren’t who he thinks they are. When the reporter turns up dead, Tanner gets caught in downward spiral of doubt and paranoia and, ultimately, a desperate fight to stay alive long enough to figure out who he can trust and who’s out to kill him. The book was previously turned into a 1983 film by Sam Peckinpah.
Peter Davis is producing through Davis-Panzer Productions alongside Simon Kinberg and his Genre Films banner, Doug Liman, and Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith for Captivate, which has The Bourne Legacy coming up with Tony Gilroy directing and Jeremy Renner starring for Universal. Henry Morrison will be executive producer of The Osterman Weekend. Kirk’s repped by CAA and Independent Talent.