'American Hustle' Writer in Talks to Adapt Fox's 'Red Sparrow'

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Eric Warren Singer is in negotiations to write the adaptation of Jason Matthews' espionage novel; David Fincher and Rooney Mara also are interested in reteaming for the film.

American Hustle writer Eric Warren Singer is in negotiations with Fox to adapt Jason Matthews' espionage novel, Red Sparrow, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

David Fincher and Rooney Mara also are interested in the project from Chernin Entertainment that will be produced by Film Rites' Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch, according to sources; this would mark the stars' first reteaming since The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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Fincher hasn't decided on his next film yet. He had been in negotiations for the Steve Jobs biopic at Fox, but dropped out, reportedly over a disagreement regarding his fee.

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Fox picked up Red Sparrow in a seven-figure deal in April 2013.

The story centers on a Russian spy seductress and a young CIA agent who deals with Russian moles. The two play a cat-mouse game that has global implications, with the action moving from Russia, across Europe to the U.S.