Edward Zwick to Direct CBS Films' Spy Thriller 'American Assassin'

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The film is based on Vince Flynn’s bestseller about CIA agent Mitch Rapp.

Edward Zwick has been tapped to direct CBS Films’ adaptation of American Assassin.

Zwick is teaming up with Marshall Herskovitz to pen the screenplay, which is based on Vince Flynn’s No. 1 NY Times best-selling novel about CIA agent Mitch Rapp’s adventures working for the nation’s most elite covert operations program.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, via di Bonaventura Pictures, and Nick Wechsler will produce, along with Zwick and Herskovitz.

"The Mitch Rapp novels are as thrilling and entertaining as they are relevant,” Zwick said in a statement, “and I am delighted to be given the opportunity to translate them to the screen."

CBS Films controls the rights to the entire series as well as any new sequels and spinoffs. Zwick and Herskovitz are repped by CAA.


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