Paul Greengrass Circling Islamic Radical Story 'Agent Storm' (Exclusive)

4:38 PM PST 07/28/2014 by Rebecca Ford
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Paul Greengrass

Scott Rudin is producing the adaptation based on the story of Morten Storm, who became a double agent for the CIA.

Sony has acquired upcoming book Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA, which centers on the story of a one-time Islamic radical who eventually became a double agent for the CIA, and the British and Danish intelligence.

Scott Rudin is producing the film; sources say Paul Greengrass is eyeing it as a directorial project and also may adapt it.

The book chronicles the life of Morten Storm.

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Storm, Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister wrote the book, which will hit stores Sept. 2.

Storm was a troubled youth who, after spending time in prison in London, converted to Islam and moved to Yemen in 2001 to study the Quran. There, he met and worked with extremists, but he eventually realized how dangerous the groups were and was recruited by the CIA as a double agent.

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Greengrass has plenty of experience making thrilling espionage-action films, with his previous work including The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and Green Zone. He most recently directed Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, with Sony and Rudin, and the film went on to receive six Academy Award nominations.

Greengrass is repped by CAA and Bloom Hergott.

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