Apes ‘ Rupert Wyatt in Talks to Direct Londongrad


Rise of the Planet of the Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt is in early talks to direct Londongrad for Warner Bros. Pictures, reports Variety. Johnny Depp and Graham King will produce through Depp’s Infinitum Nihil from a script by David Scarpa.

The film is based on a true story of poisoned former Soviet KBG officer Alexander Litvinenko. The trade says that X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender is circling Litvinenko role.

Based on the Alan Cowell novel “The Terminal Spy: A True Story of Espionage, Betrayal and Murder,” which is described as follows:

On November 1, 2006, Alexander Litvinenko sipped tea in London’s Millennium Hotel. Hours later the Russian émigré and former intelligence officer, who was sharply critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin, fell ill and within days was rushed to the hospital. Fatally poisoned by a rare radioactive isotope slipped into his drink, Litvinenko issued a dramatic deathbed statement accusing Putin himself of engineering his murder. Alan S. Cowell, then London Bureau Chief of the New York Times who covered the story from its inception, has written the definitive story of this assassination­ and of the profound international implications of this first act of nuclear terrorism.