Apr 18, 2017


After an infinite development process including many false starts, Mitch Rapp is finally that much closer to the big screen with a trailer! And a release Deadline reports that Lionsgate and CBS Films have set a September 15 release date for the first Vince Flynn adaptation, American Assassin, starring Dylan O'Brien and Michael Keaton. September is shaping up to be a spy-heavy month, with Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle and Bourne Identity director Doug Liman's Iran-Contra movie with Tom Cruise, American Made (formerly Mena), both set to bow on September 29. (Expect trailers for those ones soon.)

Mitch Rapp has taken a long, winding road to get to the screen, and it's unfortunate that his creator didn't live to see the results. (Though like Bourne and Bond, Rapp has outlived his creator with new books still being published by continuation authors.) First set up at CBS Films for producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura way back in early 2008, actors like Gerrard Butler, Matthew Fox and Chris Hemsworth all at one time or another flirted with playing Flynn's counter-terror hero, and Bruce Willis was at one point up for the role that eventually went to Keaton. Legends' Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Legends of the Fall's Ed Zwick were both linked to direct at one time or another, before the job eventually went to Homeland veteran Michael Cuesta (Kill the Messenger), working from a script by The Americans' Stephen Schiff. Originally it was CBS Films' plan to adapt Flynn's 2005 novel Consent to Kill first. But now American Assassin is a reality, and here's the trailer to prove it:

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