'The American' Helmer Anton Corbijn to Direct John Le Carré Adaptation 'A Most Wanted Man'
2008 thriller centers on the international war on terror and the extraordinary rendition of Muslim immigrants in Europe.
COLOGNE, Germany - Rock photographer turned director Anton Corbijn will next helm the adaptation of John le Carré's political thriller A Most Wanted Man.
Corbijn, whose last film was George Clooney-starrer The American, will shoot the bulk of A Most Wanted Man in Hamburg. Australian screenwriter Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness) will adapt Le Carre's novel for the screen. Principle photography is expected to being this winter.
The book, published in 2008, tells the story of the Chechian Muslim Issa who illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught up in the international war on terror. The tale is loosely based on the real-life story of Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen and legal German resident who was seized by American authorities, with knowledge of the German government and taken to Guantanamo Bay. He was kept there for several years before being released, without charge, in 2006.
Simon Channing-Williams, the producer of Le Carré' adaptation The Constant Gardener, produced a short trailer about the book to accompany its publication.
Malte Grunert's Berlin-based shingle Amusement Park Films is producing A Most Wanted Man. The film has received $1.3 million (€900,000) in production subsidies from Hamburg's regional film board the FFHSH.