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Director McG is "Spy" guy for action franchise
October 24, 2008 / 12:55 AM / 9 years ago

Director McG is "Spy" guy for action franchise

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Warner Bros. has acquired “Dead Spy Running,” an upcoming spy novel by British author Jon Stock, for “Charlie’s Angels” director Joseph “McG” Nichol. The project is envisaged as a potential franchise.

Story details are under wraps, but the book, the first in a trilogy, aims to reinvent the spy genre telling the origin story of newly trained spy in a tone that mixes “The Bourne Identity” with the works of John Le Carre. “Running” sold to a HarperCollins imprint in a bidding war and will be published in 2009.

McG would direct at least the first installment. He is in post-production on the fourth Terminator movie, “Terminator Salvation,” which Warners is releasing domestically May 22. He also executive produces “Chuck,” NBC’s spy-themed action comedy series.

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