By Sara Whitman
Kingsman: The Secret Service helmer Mathew Vaughn has signed onto direct and produce MGM’s big-screen adaptation of Terry Hayes international best seller I Am Pilgrim. He will also co-fincance through his MARV Films.
The spy thriller follows “Pilgrim,” code name for a man who does not exist. An adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up an undisclosed espionage unit for U.S. intelligence. Now in retirement, he is called upon to lend his expertise in a bizarre investigation and ultimately becomes caught in a horrifying race against time to save America from a guileful terrorist.
Lloyd Braun is producing through his Whalerock Industries banner with Andrew Mittman has executive producer. Hayes, whose credits include Payback, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Dead Calm, is adapting his novel for the screen. With MGM envisioning this as a franchise, Hayes is also working on a follow up novel with the same protagonist.
“We could not be more excited to have a consummate filmmaker like Matthew to bring I Am Pilgrim to the screen,” said Jonathan Glickman, President of MGM Film Division. “His sensibility, coupled with Terry Hayes’ incredible story, gives us the ideal team to bring this character to the world wide audience.”
After Kingsman performed beautifully in the box office, raking in $407 million worldwide, there was talk about a sequel with Vaughn as the director and producer. However, it is unclear if he will direct I am Pilgrim prior to Kingsman 2 or after.
Vaughn is represented by WME and Brillstein Entertainment. Production of I am Pilgrim will begin in 2016.
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