Von Donnersmarck Frontrunner to Direct Tourist


Variety is reporting that Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) is the frontrunner to direct The Tourist, starring Sam Worthington and Angelina Jolie.

The trade says that Spyglass is aiming for a 2011 release for the thriller. Production is expected to start in February.

In the remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer, an American tourist (Worthington) finds his life in danger when a female Interpol agent (Jolie) uses him as a dupe to flush out an elusive criminal with whom she once had an affair.

Spyglass is producing in partnership with StudioCanal, with Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Jonathan Glickman producing. Julian Fellowes wrote a script that was rewritten by Christopher McQuarrie.