Jonathan Levine, director of last year’s hit comedy 50/50, is the latest megaphone wielder to be associated with McG’s action thriller, Dead Spy Running.
McG considered taking the helm himself for a while with Stephen Gaghan, screenplay writer for Traffic, originally lined up to take on scriptwriting duties. After McG backed out, Gaghan was then propositioned for directorship. Scheduling issues soon put pay to that plan Levine is now securely in the frame.
The film is an adaptation of a novel by John Stock, which reportedly combines “Jason Bourne-style action with John Le Carre- level dry wit and sophistication”.
The story follows inactive MI9 agent, Daniel Marchant, struggling to survive as an agency outcast after suspicions about his past cause him to be rejected from service. What would you do in such a scenario? Run the London marathon, obviously.
But running the London marathon is fraught with more danger than he ever expected. Cue international terrorists and bomb scares aplenty.
If Levine takes the job, it’ll be another genre leap for the director, who has already brought us horror (All The Boys Love Mandy Lane), coming of age slacker comedy drama (The Wackness), and, next year, zombie romance (Warm Bodies).
Meanwhile the enigmatically-named, McG (aka. Joseph McGinty Nichol), has his latest effort This Means War out in cinemas now.