Sony and Scott Rudin Win Bidding War for David Ignatius’ The Director


TheWrap has the exclusive that David Ignatius’ new spy novel The Director, which is due to be released at the end of May, has sold its film rights to Sony Pictures with Scott Rudin on board to produce it.

Sony and Rudin are hoping to get Paul Greengrass, the director of their recent hit Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, to helm the movie, but he is not officially confirmed as of yet.

Ignatius previously wrote “Body of Lies,” which was turned into a film by Ridley Scott starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe and based on a screenplay by Oscar winner William Monaghan (The Departed). Ignatius’ latest novel follows Graham Weber, the director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid walks into the American consulate to inform them that the CIA has been hacked and he has the names of their agents to prove it. Weber turns to James Morris, an in-house cybergeek who runs the Internet Operations Enter and they proceed to go into the hacker underground to find out who is responsible.