Director to pen script with Marshall Herskovitz

CBS Films has tapped Edward Zwick to direct spy thriller “American Assassin,” based on the Vince Flynn novel about counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp.

Zwick is on board to pen the script with longtime partner Marshall Herskovitz. Project’s set to be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura through his di Bonaventura Pictures and Nick Wechsler along with Zwick and Herskovitz.

“American Assassin,” published last year, is an origin story and the eleventh novel in Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series. CBS Films had set Antoine Fuqua last year to direct an adaptation of the seventh book in the series, “Consent to Kill,” with Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Wechsler producing.

The Mitch Rapp series has sold more than 13 million copies in the United States and more than one million in 19 international markets. The Rapp character deals with preventing terrorist attacks on the United States

“The Mitch Rapp novels are as thrilling and entertaining as they are relevant,” Zwick said.

Maria Faillace and Ryan Conroy are overseeing the project for CBS Films.

CBS Films controls rights to the Mitch Rapp series as well as sequels and spinoffs.

CAA represents Zwick and Herskovitz. Attorneys Eric Brooks and Carlos Goodman of Bloom Hergott represent di Bonaventura and Wechsler. Flynn is repped by ICM.

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