Nov 12, 2012
Tradecraft: Another Ben MacIntyre True WWII Spy Tale Optioned
Deadline reports that the Cohen Media Group has acquired the rights to Ben MacIntyre's latest bestseller about real-life WWII espionage derring-do, Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies . Their goal is to turn it into an international miniseries. According to the trade blog, the book explores "the efforts of five Allied operatives who specialized in turning German spies into double agents [who] greatly aided the success of the D-Day assault and eventual Allied victory." MacIntyre's extensive espionage bibliography includes For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming + James Bond, Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory (which also concerns Fleming, and his involvement in the famous mission that inspired The Man Who Never Was) and Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal. The latter has been in development at Tom Hanks' company Playtone for several years, most recently with Muppets director James Bobbin attached. Deadline describes Double Cross as "the final installment of MacIntyre's WWII trilogy."