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The Osterman Weekend remake looking for new director

TheOstermanWeekend.jpgIt was way back in 2007 that we heard about a remake of the Sam Peckinpah directed thriller The Osterman Weekend adapted from the Robert Ludlum novel and it took another three years for the next piece of news on the project, two years later comes the next interesting update and we find that there's another change of director on the cards for the project.

We've had two strong names for the directorial position, although until today there's only been one writer mentioned in regards the script, now there's two, but it's the potential new director that is the exciting part of the story.

The Osterman Weekend is an unusual and very effective thriller adapted from the Robert Ludlum novel and directed by Sam Peckinpah. It stars Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson, Dennis Hopper, Chris Sarandon, the great Burt Lancaster, Meg Foster and Helen Shaver. Here's what IMDB have on the plot:

The host of an investigative news show is convinced by the CIA that the friends he has invited to a weekend in the country are engaged in a conspiracy that threatens national security in this adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel.

Simon Kinberg was writing the script and was set to make his directorial debut on the film when we first heard about the remake in 2007 but then in 2010 it seemed that Robert Schwentke was the man to take over the directorial role.

With Kinberg having written Mr. & Mrs. Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand (Filmstalker review), Jumper (Filmstalker review), and Sherlock Holmes and Schwentke having directed Flightplan, The Time Traveller's Wife, and the upcoming big cast, comic book adaptation of Red, it looked like a strong line-up.

That was where the project was left, until the other day when a story from Deadline revealed that there's a new director on board and that Kinberg wasn't the only writer on the project.

Jesse Wigutow has also been named as having been working on the script, although his writing career isn't as strong as Kinberg's, and the new director who is in talks for the film is Brian Kirk.

Now his name might not mean anything to you straight away, but when I mention television series he's directed such as The Tudors, Brotherhood, Dexter, Luther, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and Luck then you might be a little more interested, throw in the film My Boy Jack.

With Ludlum's Bourne series still doing well in its own franchise, even if it is a spin off and moves away from the Bourne character, The Osterman Weekend is far from yesterday's news, even if the project has been going since 2007. I wonder if we'll see it move forward this year?



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