Edward Zwick to direct American Assassin for CBS Films

MUMBAI: Oscar-winner Edward Zwick will be directing the film adaptation of American Assassin from a screenplay by Zwick and Oscar-nominee Marshall Herskovitz for CBS Films.

The film is based on the #1 NY Times best-selling novel by Vince Flynn. Lorenzo di Bonaventura via di Bonaventura Pictures and Nick Wechsler will produce along with Zwick and Herskovitz.

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.

"The Mitch Rapp novels are as thrilling and entertaining as they are relevant and I am delighted to be given the opportunity to translate them to the screen," said Zwick.

American Assassin is the eleventh entry in the Mitch Rapp series. The series has sold more than 13 million copies in the United States alone and more than one million in 19 international markets.

"I have no doubt that Edward Zwick will do an incredible job of bringing Mitch Rapp to the big screen. Ed is among the smartest and most innovative filmmakers in Hollywood and I am fully confident that he is the right man for this job," said Flynn.

CBS Films senior vice president of production Maria Faillace and creative executive Ryan Conroy are overseeing the project.

"We were prepping Consent to Kill when Vince told us he was going to tell Mitch Rapp’s origin story in American Assassin. From there it was a natural decision to introduce audiences to Mitch Rapp – the man before he became the legend," added CBS Films president and CEO Amy Baer.

CBS Films controls the rights to the entire series as well as any new sequels and spinoffs. CAA represents Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. Attorneys Eric Brooks and Carlos Goodman of Bloom Hergott represent Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler. Vince Flynn is represented by ICM.

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