Director James Bobin is leaving behind the puppet world and is headed down the dark road of espionage – and not just any type of espionage: Nazi espionage. Now, while one wouldn’t blame you if your first thought was that of some crazy scenario involving a The Great Muppet Caper remake, I can assure you that it is not.
According to Variety, Bobin has agreed to direct the film adaptation of the Ben McIntyre novel, Agent Zigzag. Rowan Joffe (28 Weeks Later) will pen the project and it will be produced by the tandem of Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks (Toy Story 3).
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal went into publication in 2008 and is highly recommended by a plethora of the industry’s critics. Some its honors include being named the Washington Post best book of 2007, as well as being listed as one of the top 10 best books of 2007 by Entertainment Weekly. Amazon’s official synopsis for the novel reads as follow:
Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began. Based on recently declassified files, Agent Zigzag tells Chapman’s full story for the first time. It’s a gripping tale of loyalty, love, treachery, espionage, and the thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal.
If this isn’t enough to intrigue you, you should probably have your pulse checked immediately.
One may argue that a director whose credits include The Flight of the Concords and The Muppets may not be ready to step up to such a genre. Whether or not this is the case remains to be seen. In the meantime, Bobin continues to hammer out the script for the forthcoming untitled Muppets sequel - sans co-writter and star, Jason Segel.
We cannot assume that Eddie Chapman will be able to compete with the likes of James Bond (Skyfall) or Jason Bourne (The Bourne Legacy), but the thing that seperates Chapman from the rest is the fact that he actually existed (Chapman passed away in 1997), and that his story is very real – as is the story of director James Bobin – a man who would shed his puppet skin, and head down the dark road of Nazi espionage.
Casting has yet to begin for Agent Zigzag, but continue to check back with Screen Rant for the latest news and release date.
Source: Variety , Amazon