'American Ultra' Director to Helm 'Tracking of a Russian Spy' (Exclusive)

Nima Nourizadeh

Nima Nourizadeh will direct the film based on Mitch Swenson's novella about a mysterious Russian woman.

Nima Nourizadeh, who directed American Ultra and Project X, has been tapped to helm The Tracking of a Russian Spy for StudioCanal and The Picture Company.

The true-story thriller is based on Mitch Swenson's novella. The plot centers on a secret romance between Swenson and Katya, a mysterious Russian woman he met in a New York nightclub. She disappeared suddenly after the arrest of 10 Russian-Americans who were charged with spying for the Kremlin. Swenson went to Moscow to uncover who his love really was, leading him down a rabbit hole of intrigue and shadow government operations deep within Russia.

Drake Doremus was previously attached to the project, which has a script by Charles Cumming and Chris Salmanpour, the latter of which is a writer who was discovered through a partnership between The Black List, StudioCanal and The Picture Company to find new voices among EU writers. The Picture Company's Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing the film, which is eyeing a spring shoot. Ron Halpern and Shana Eddy will oversee for StudioCanal.

Nourizadeh helmed the 2015 comedy actioner American Ultra, which starred Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. He previously directed 2012's Project X, starring Thomas Mann (which was produced by Rona and Heineman). Nourizadeh is repped by CAA, 42 and Sloane Offer.