Sep 27, 2012

Tradecraft: Ghost Protocol Line Producer Options True Story of WWII "Spy Princess"

Deadline reports that producers Zafar Hai (The Perfect Murder) and Tabrez Noorani (whose line producing credits include Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Zero Dark Thirty and Slumdog Millionaire) have optioned the film rights to the 2007 book Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan by Shrabani Basu. According to the trade blog, "Spy Princess tells the remarkable story of a heroic woman, Noor Inayat Khan. Under the code name Madeleine, she was trained by Britain’s Special Operations Executive and became the first female wireless operator to be flown into occupied France during World War II. She infiltrated into the Paris area, where within days of her arrival almost her entire circuit was arrested by the Gestapo, making ‘poste-Madeleine’ the last radio link between France and England." The producers will hire a screenwriter soon. If this story sounds familiar, that's because a few years ago a pair of British producers tried to tell the same story with the same title, working from a script by Happy Feet's Judy Morris. At that point, Aishwarya Rai was rumored to star. Evidently, that version fell apart.

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