Rowan Joffe adapts Martin Booth novel

Focus Features has set Anton Corbijn to direct “A Very Private Gentleman,” a Rowan Joffe-scripted adaptation of the Martin Booth novel.

This Is That’s Anne Carrey is producing. Production is set to begin in the fall.

Plot involves an assassin who hides out in an idyllic Italian town where he will carry out one final assignment. Going against his usual aversion to human connections, he engages in friendship and romance in the town, a decision that complicates his work.

Corbijn, renowned for work in still photography and videos for rock bands like U2 and Metallica, made his feature directorial debut on 2007’s “Control,” which chronicled the life of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, who committed suicide at 23. Corbijn received a Golden Camera Special Mention at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

CAA reps Corbijn.

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