James Gray To Adapt ‘I Am Pilgrim’ For MGM

I assume this will be more in the vein of le Carré than Fleming.

James Gray is a busy man these days. After making two herculean epics in a row (last year’s The Lost City of Z and now finishing up work in his upcoming Sci-Fi film Ad Astra with Brad Pitt), Gray has his sights set on another genre to tackle: The Spy thriller. Deadline reports that MGM is close to making a deal of adapting the spy franchise by Terry Hayes with Gray at the helm. It has reportedly been a top priority project for the studio for quite some time and it seems like they’ve finally cracked the mold onto bringing it to the big screen. The synopsis is as states:

Pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed a secret U.S. espionage unit. Now in anonymous retirement, he is called upon to lend his expertise to an unusual investigation but ultimately is caught in a race against-time to save America from oblivion.

I, for one, am game for anything this guy does. I absolutely adored his work on The Lost City of Z and have been checking out his other features (like The Immigrant and We Own The Night), It’s interesting to see a director like him, who’s usually known for character dramas set in New York, trying on different genres like historical adventures, Science Fiction and now the Spy genre. Fingers crossed for great success!