Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan will return to the spy genre with November Man, a newly-announced thriller that is going to pair the fan-fave Irishman with rising star Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double, Captain America).
November Man is the first film to be released under a deal between Brosnan's Irish DreamTime and The Solution Entertainment Group. DreamTime co-head and Brosnan's frequent collaborator, Beau St. Clair, will produce the project, along with Das Films' Sriram Das (who helped develop the script) and Dino Conte as executive producer.
Michael Finch (co-writer of Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Trespass) worked together on the script for November Man, which is based primarily on the book "There Are No Spies" by the late Bill Granger. The film adaptation is going to be directed by Roger Donaldson, and is described as follows (in the official press release):
NOVEMBER MAN tells the tale of an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.
For those who aren't familiar: Donaldson's more noteworthy directing efforts over the past thirty years include The Bounty, No Way Out, Cocktail, Species, Dante's Peak (with Brosnan), Thirteen Days, The Recruit, The World's Fastest Indian, The Bank Job - and, most recently, the Nicolas Cage thriller Seeking Justice.
Granger's work on the November Man series has often been compared to that of John le Carré's spy literature - and, sure enough, there are a handful of obvious similarities between the November Man movie and last year's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (which was based on le Carré's novel). The former isn't the high-pedigree production that the latter is, but November Man could turn out as a reasonably entertaining espionage flick in Donaldson's (usually) capable hands. DreamTime and Solution clearly hope that'll prove to be the case, as they want November Man to kick-off a new franchise.
Production on November Man is scheduled to get underway this October, not too long after Cooper wraps up his work on the thriller Dead Man Down. We will keep you up-to-date on any additional noteworthy developments in the meantime.
Source: Irish DreamTime