“Kingsman” Director To Helm “Pilgrim” Adaptation
Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kingsman: The Secret Service, is bringing another hot property to the screen.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the filmmaker has signed up to direct a big screen adaptation of Terry Hayes’ best-seller I Am Pilgrim.
The story concerns “Pilgrim,” the code name for a man who is not supposed to exist.
However, the man, the son of a wealthy American family, becomes caught up in an investigation, and soon battles to save America from a terrorist atrocity. It also turns out that he once headed up a top-secret espionage unit for US intelligence.
Hayes, the screenwriter of titles such as Dead Calm and Payback, has adapted I Am Pilgrim – his first novel – for the big screen. He is apparently hard at work on a follow up involving the same character. MGM, meanwhile, sees a franchise in its sights.
Lloyd Braun and Andew Mittman are producing and executive producing respectively.
Besides selling more than 750,000 copies in the UK – Hayes’ native country – the novel has been translated into over 30 languages, and has hit the best-seller charts in Holland, France and Scandinavia.