With the success of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Le Carre seems quite popular in the movie world at the moment. Anton Corbijn, director of Control and The American, is one director sniffing around a Le Carre project, as he wants to adapt A Most Wanted Man, and now Deadline reports Phillip Seymour Hoffman is in final talks to headline the movie.
Adapted by Andrew Bovell (Edge Of Darkness) from Le Carré’s spy novel, the story centres on a Chechen/Russian Muslim who moves to Hamburg illegally, where he gets caught up in the international war on terror. Hoffman will play a rogue chief of a German spy unit who tries to put together the mystery over the man’s arrival in Hamburg. It’s partially based on Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen living legally in German who was arrested in Pakistan in 2001 and packed off to Guantanamo Bay, before winning release in 2006.
There’s no news on when it might start shooting, but the producers will be looking for sales at the Berlin Film Fesitval.