Stephen Gaghan set to adapt 'Dead Spy'
McG is attached to direct Warners' espionage film
Based on a book by British author Jon Stock, the film is meant to be the first in a trilogy and aims to reinvent the spy genre by telling the origin story of a newly trained spy in a tone that mixes the grittiness of "The Bourne Identity" with the wittiness of John Le Carre's oeuvre.
"Spy," to be published in June, begins with the protagonist running the London Marathon, where a fellow racer is strapped with explosives. The scenario leads to a globe-trotting adventure to clear the name of the man's father.
McG, who would direct at least the first installment, is producing with Jeanne Allgood via their Warners-based Wonderland Sound and Vision.
Ollie Madden, one of the studio's U.K.-based execs, is overseeing.
WMA-repped Gaghan, an Oscar winner for "Traffic," is writing the adaptation of nonfiction book "Blink," to which he is also attached to direct, for Universal and Appian Way.