Last month, producers Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, and Nick Wechsler pre-emptively acquired the rights to the as-yet-unpublished Frederick Forsyth espionage thriller The Kill List. Losing no time, they have already found a director to helm the project. Rupert Sanders, director of Snow White and the Huntsman, and an avowed fan of Forsyth’s books, has been brought on to direct the movie. In addition to selecting a director, the producers are also already meeting with writers to start adapting the novel.
A former journalist, Frederick Forsyth is known for his meticulously researched, highly technical, realistic novels about politics, espionage, and crime. Here’s a summary for the upcoming book:
In Virginia, there is an agency bearing the bland name of Technical Operations Support Activity, or TOSA. Its one mission is to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. TOSA actually exists. So does the Kill List.
Added to it is a new name: a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA’s top hunter of men.
He has spent the last six years at his job. He knows nothing about his target’s name, face, or location. He realizes his search will take him to places where few could survive. But the Preacher has made it personal now. The hunt is on.
Hopefully Sanders can turn this into an interesting movie. If you can't wait for the movie to come out, the book is being published by Penguin on August 20, 2013.