Christopher McQuarrie Plans Three to Kill with Colin Firth

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Christopher McQuarrie, the screenwriter-turned-director behind The Way of the Gun, Jack Reacher and the upcoming Mission: Impossible 5, has lined up a new project in the form of Three to Kill, an adaptation of Jean-Patrick Machette’s French novel. Deadline has the news, reporting that Colin Firth is attached to headline.

Published in the United States by City Lights Noir with a translation by Donald Nicholson Smith, Three to Kill is officially described as follows:

Businessman Georges Gerfaut witnesses a murder-and is pursued by the killers. His conventional life knocked off the rails, Gerfaut turns the tables and sets out to track down his pursuers. Along the way, he learns a thing or two about himself…. Manchette-masterful stylist, ironist, and social critic-limns the cramped lives of professionals in a neo-conservative world.

Another Machette noir is also on the way to the big screen with Pierre Morel’s The Gunman. Starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone, that film is based on the author’s “The Prone Gunman.”

Firth can soon be seen in the West Memphis Three film Devil’s Knot, and, coming up, is set to headline director Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service.

Andrew Lauren Productions is financing the adaptation of Three to Kill with Lauren himself producing alongside Laura Bickford. Howard Rodman will provide the screenplay.