Christopher McQuarrie to Write and Direct Unforgiven

Long planned for a big screen adaptation, the ITV1 miniseries Unforgiven has found a helmer. Deadline reports that Christopher McQuarrie (The Way of the Gun, Jack Reacher) has signed on to both write and direct the Warner Bros. feature version.

The original series, which aired in 2009, starred Suranne Jones as Ruth Slater, a convict responsible for a double homicide of two police officers who, upon her release from prison 15 years later, is targeted for revenge.

McQuarrie, still best known for his Academy Award-winning script for Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects, is also said to be a likely contender for directing Mission: Impossible 5 at Paramount Pictures.

Unforgiven will be executive produced by Ken Kamins, Nicola Shindler, Colin Vaines and Sally Wainright (who scripted the original miniseries).

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