The Hollywood Reporter has announced that “Kingsman: The Secret Service” director Matthew Vaughn has boarded MGM’s adaptation of the Terry Hayes novel “I Am Pilgrim.” Vaughn will direct and produce the adaptation of the film, which MGM hopes to transform into a franchise. Hayes, a screenwriter known for his work on “Payback” and “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior,” is already at work on a second installment in the “Pilgrim” series.
“We could not be more excited to have a consummate filmmaker like Matthew to bring I Am Pilgrim to the screen,” said Jonathan Glickman, MGM motion picture group president. “His sensibility, coupled with Terry Hayes’ incredible story, gives us the ideal team to bring this character to the world wide audience.”
THR notes that the 2014 spy thriller was the best-selling debut of 2014 in the UK, where it sold more than 750,000 copies. It follows the former head of a secret espionage contingent of U.S. intelligence is pulled out of retirement to stop a terrorist threat that could destroy America.
Vaughn will co-finance the film through his production company MARV Films. Andrew Mittman will executive produce while Lloyd Braun will serve as producer. Production is expected to kick off in 2016.
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