Although Ed Zwick was attached last June, The Hollywood Reporter now has word that Traitor direct Jeffrey Nachmanoff will direct the Vince Flynn novel American Assassin. Set up at CBS films, 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 nations 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 adapted the screenplay alongside Marshall Herskovitz (The Last Samurai), but recently left the project to direct the upcoming The Great Wall instead (also written with Herskovitz).
Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, RED) and Nick Wechsler (The Road, We Own The Night) are still attached to produce the film, which is based the eleventh entry in Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series. Another adaptation, Consent to Kill is also in development by CBS Films.