McG to direct 'Dead Spy Running'

Film to serve as launch for franchise character

Warner Bros. has acquired "Dead Spy Running," an upcoming spy novel by British author Jon Stock for McG to direct that would serve as a launch of a franchise character.

While story details are under wraps, the book, the first of a trilogy, aims to reinvent the spy genre. It tells the origin story of newly trained spy in a tone that mixes "The Bourne Identity" with the works of John Le Carre. "Running" sold to a HarperCollins imprint in a bidding war and will be published in 2009.

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 men in the UK, is overseeing.

McG, repped by Endeavor and Management 360, is in post on the fourth Terminator movie, "Terminator Salvation," which Warners is releasing domestically May 22, 2009. He also exec produces "Chuck," NBC's spy-themed action comedy series.

Stock is repped by RWSH.