Mark Heyman to Write 'How to Catch a Russian Spy' (Exclusive)

Mark Heyman - H 2015
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Mark Heyman - H 2015

Marc Webb will direct.

Black Swan writer Mark Heyman has been hired to write the script for How to Catch a Russian Spy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Marc Webb will direct the thriller. Anonymous Content's Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros are producing, with Anonymous' Ashley Zalta as executive producer.

The film is an adaptation of the upcoming novel How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent by Naveed Jamali and Ellis Henican.

Fox, which acquired the book (then called Cold Comfort) for Webb to direct in early 2014, had no comment on Heyman's hiring.

The book by Jamali and Henican is slated to hit stores in June 2015 via Scribner. It describes Jamali's three-year experience as a double agent. He spied on America for the Russians, trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash and selling out his own country — or so the Russians believed. But really, Jamali was a covert double agent working with the FBI.

Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros are producing, and Anonymous’s Ashley Zalta is exec producing.

Heyman most recently wrote The Skeleton Twins, which stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader. He previously wrote Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman and directed by Darren Aronofsky.

He's repped by CAA, Matt Rosen at Grandview and attorney Jerry Dasti of Sloss Eckhouse LawCo LLP.