CBS Films has brought on director Antoine Fuqua to helm the studio's adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel Consent To Kill.
Jonathan Lemkin adapted the 2005 spy thriller which centered on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp. Lemkin also adapted Stephen Hunter's Point of Impact for Fuqua's most recent release, Shooter.
Lorenzo DiBonaventura (GI:Joe, Transformers) and Nick Wechsler will produce for CBS Films.
Since the studio is keeping the logline under wraps it's safe to assume that many changes have been made to the story in adapting the book.
But here is a description of Flynn's book:
CIA assassin Mitch Rapp battles a Saudi billionaire bent on revenge, an ex–East German Stasi spy and a deadly husband-and-wife team of assassins. There’s a $20-million contract out on Mitch’s head, and to add injury to insult, he hurts his leg during a morning run. After a knee operation and an even more serious mishap, Mitch is out of the hospital and hot on the trail of the evildoers. Besides terrorists and assassins, Mitch has to battle the new national director of intelligence, a craven, hypocritical, inside-the-Beltway operator.
Fuqua's credits include Tears of the Sun and the upcoming cop drama Brooklyn's Finest starring Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle and Richard Gere set for a March 5th release. He is best known however for the critically acclaimed Training Day, which featured the Oscar winning performance of Denzel Washington.
It sounds like Consent to Kill is more along the lines of Shooter -- with several groups out to get the hero, who is also hot on the trail of his enemies. No one is attached to star as of yet, but the director's frequent collaborations with Ethan Hawke put in the forefront of my mind as a possible contender.
What do you think of Fuqua taking on CONSENT TO KILL and who do you think should star?