Paul Greengrass, whose credits include United 93 and Captain Phillips, has lined up another true thriller with a big screen adaptation of Storm Morten’s Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda. Published this past April, the book is officially described as follows:
He was the Western convert who would plunge deep inside al-Qaeda. He named his first son Osama after 9/11 and became a Jihadist. But then – after a sudden loss of faith – Morten Storm made a life-changing decision. He became a double agent for the CIA, MI6 and MI5.
Filled with hair-raising close calls and duplicity, Storm’s story builds to the climactic finale when he must betray his friend and mentor al-Awlaki – al-Qaeda’s biggest threat to the West. Storm is trusted to find al-Awlaki a wife from Europe. She becomes the bait for a possible American drone strike . . .
‘Brother, let’s go, just me and you, and do this mission. I need you to be there with me.’
‘I’m with you, brother,’ I replied, feeling the words sounded less than convincing.
He embraced me. ‘This is the best, Murad, the best. We get to be shuhada [martyrs]. There’s nothing better than this, remember that.’
‘I know. This is paradise. We are mujahideen and this is what we fight for,’ I replied, summoning all the conviction I could manage.
He wants me to die with him, I thought. How am I going to get out of this?
Greengrass will also again produce alongside Scott Rudin.