Fox is moving ahead with its spy thriller “Who Is Jake Ellis?” movie project, tapping Josh Mond (“James White”) to direct its adaptation of the Image Comics graphic novel.
Variety reported in 2014 that David Yates was attached to direct from a script by Seth Lochhead with Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping producing through Chernin Entertainment.
The original comicbook series, written by Nathan Edmondson and drawn by Tonci Zonjic, was first published in 2011. The story revolves around a former spy on the run protected by a mysterious man named Jake Ellis who’s visible only to the former spy.
Mond is a partner with Sean Durkin and Antonio Campos in Borderline Films. He produced “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Afterschool.”
“James White,” starred Cynthia Nixon and “Girls” alumnus Christopher Abbott as a mother and son dealing with the mother’s cancer during her final days. The movie, inspired the death of Mond’s mother, won the Next Audience Award at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and the American Independents Audience Award at the AFI Fest.
Fox-based Chernin Entertainment has produced the “Planet of the Apes” movies, “The Heat,” “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” and Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”
Mond is repped by UTA, Washington Square Films and attorney Nelson Davis. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.