Tradecraft: Universal Goes Mossad
"Universal Pictures has paid a seven-figure sum to acquire rights to a seven-book series of bestselling spy novels by Daniel Silva," says Variety. The first movie in the series will be The Messenger, which the studio has tapped District B13 director and frequent cinematographer of Luc Besson-produced action movies like The Transporter Pierre Morell to helm. I'm not familiar with Silva's books, but the trade says the series focuses on Gabriel Allon, a Mossad agent who was one of the Munich avengers and has since retired. With seven adventures on the shelves, however, I don't imagine the retirement takes! The article also mentions another spy movie on the horizon which I was unaware of, Taken. "Morel just completed directing Taken, a thriller that stars Liam Neeson as a former spy who dusts off his old skills when his daughter is kidnapped and sold into the slave trade."