Director Ed Zwick has officially been replaced by Jeffrey Nachmanoff as the director of the upcoming adaptation of Vince Flynn's best-selling novel American Assassin. This is actually kind of a shame, I was looking forward to Zwick's vision of this story. This is the same director that brought us Glory, The Last Samurai, and Blood Diamond, all of which were really good movies. According to Deadline, he had to leave the project so he could focus on another film called The Great Wall, which will possibly star Henry Cavill.
The only film I've seen from Nachmanoff was the Don Cheadle movie Traitor, which was a pretty good forgettable movie. He most recently directed a couple of episodes of Homeland, and he also co-wrote The Day After Tomorrow with Roland Emmerich, which doesn't help his cause very much.
The new thriller is being developed by CBS films, and here's a Here is a description of the story:
'American Assassin' tells the story of legendary CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Long before he began hunting terrorists, Rapp was a gifted college scholar/athlete. Then, tragedy struck and Rapp was recruited into the nation’s most elite covert operations program. After completing training designed to teach the kind of lethal skills necessary to target our most dangerous enemies, here and abroad, he is a man reborn with a mission of retribution.
I haven't read this book series, but it sounds like it could make for a solid movie. I'll be looking forward to seeing what Nachmanoff does with it.