James Bobin scored himself a major hit directing The Muppets, and now Variety reports that he has signed on to helm Agent Zigzag for New Line Cinema, a project which has been languishing in development for the past five years.
Back in September 2007, New Line Cinema purchased the rights to Ben McIntyre’s book, with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman set to produce. Two years later, the studio hired Mark Bomback to adapt this true-story tale. However nothing’s been heard about it since.
The plot is based on the true story of Eddie Chapman, a criminal who was trained by the Nazis to spy on the British during World War II. After arriving in the UK, he contacted MI5 and became a double agent, spying on the Germans for Britain.
Rowan Joffe wrote the latest version of the screenplay. It isn’t clear if this will be James Bobin’s next project, since he is still attached to make The Muppets 2 (it isn’t known when that will shoot either).