Edward Zwick Takes American Assassin

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Oscar-winning director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond) has signed on to direct a feature adaptation of the Vince Flynn best-selling novel American Assassin. The project is officially described as follows:

‘American Assassin’ tells the story of legendary CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Long before he began hunting terrorists, Rapp was a gifted college scholar/athlete. Then, tragedy struck and Rapp was recruited into the nation’s most elite covert operations program. After completing training designed to teach the kind of lethal skills necessary to target our most dangerous enemies, here and abroad, he is a man reborn with a mission of retribution.

Zwick has adapted the screenplay himself alongside Marshall Herskovitz (The Last Samurai). Both will produce alongside Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, RED) and Nick Wechsler (The Road, We Own The Night).

“The Mitch Rapp novels are as thrilling and entertaining as they are relevant,” said Zwick, “and I am delighted to be given the opportunity to translate them to the screen.”


American Assassin is the eleventh entry in the Mitch Rapp series. Another adaptation, Consent to Kill is also in development by CBS Films.