Gray in talks to helm Fox’s Ames pic

The race continues to see which entertainment company will pull the trigger on the first Aldrich Ames feature. Fox 2000 seems to have a leg up so far. James Gray, who directed “Little Odessa,” is said to be in negotiations to helm “Killer Spy” for producer Art Linson at Laura Ziskin’s Fox 2000. Kevin Spacey is also being talked about for the starring role of the turncoat spy.

The project, based on the novel “Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames,” is about the man who became the highest-ranking CIA officer to be charged with spying for the Soviet Union. The project has gone through many incarnations; one had Carl Franklin directing Al Pacino. UTA’s John Lesher reps Gray, who had been trying to put together “The Yards” at Miramax Films. It’s yet to be determined whether “Killer Spy” or “The Yards” will be his next film. WMA’s Brian Gersh reps Spacey, who is currently shooting “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

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