Mike Newell Helming Warner Bros. Spy Film

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Variety is reporting that Mike Newell (upcoming Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) is attached to write and direct an untitled Warner Bros. pic about the mysterious death of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko.

The ex-Russian spy, who was poisoned in 2006 by polonium-210, personally accused then-Russian President Vladimir Putin of being behind his murder as he lay dying in a London hospital bed.

Newell is developing the project with scriptwriter David Scarpa.

No talent is attached yet to the project, which is said to be in an advanced stage of development.

The movie is based on the book “The Terminal Spy” by New York Times‘ London bureau chief Alan Cowell.