LONDON – Philip Seymour Hoffman is in final negotiations to star in Anton Corbijn’s modern day thriller “A Most Wanted Man,” which Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment will be shopping to buyers in Berlin this week.
Corbijn (“The American,” “Control”) will direct the adaptation of John Le Carre’s best-selling spy tome, which Andrew Bovell (“Edge of Darkness”) penned.
Story takes place in present day Hamburg, Germany, where a near-dead half-Chechen, half Russian man on the run arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune.
A young female lawyer and private British banker become entwined in his fate and all the while, they are being watched by a covert German spy unit.
Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood produce under their Potboiler Productions banner with Ink Factory’s Stephen and Simon Cornwell and Amusement Park Film’s Malte Grunert will also produce.
Film4 topper Tessa Ross will exec produce.
Producer Gail Egan said:”We are completely thrilled at the prospect of Philip Seymour Hoffman playing Bachmann in Andrew Bovell’s brilliant adaptation of this very modern thriller by John le Carré. We will start shooting in Hamburg in September and are delighted to be working with Anton Corbijn on this film. His unique vision for le Carré’s complex and stylish story is very contemporary, very real, very human.”
Glen Basner, CEO of FilmNation Entertainment added: “A Most Wanted Man is another masterpiece tale of intrigue and mystery from le Carré, and given Anton’s previous successes we are confident that this movie will become the next highly-anticipated thriller.”