After the surprise, sleeper success of Kingsman: The Secret Service, director Matthew Vaughn is sticking to the spy genre with his next project, I Am Pilgrim. THR reports Vaughn will direct and produce the feature adaptation of Terry Hayes‘ best-selling espionage thriller for MGM, as well as co-financing through his company MARV films.
Vaughn will direct from a script by Hayes, who adapted his own novel for the screen. Before penning I am Pilgrim — his first novel — Hayes had an accomplished career as a screenwriter, including the films Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome, Dead Calm and Payback.
Here’s the I Am Pilgrim synopsis from the report.
Based on 2014’s mammoth best seller, the story follows “Pilgrim,” code name for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for U.S. intelligence. Now in anonymous retirement, he is called upon to lend his expertise to an unusual investigation but ultimately becomes caught in a terrifying race against time to save America from a cunning terrorist.
I Am Pilgrim saw massive success as a novel, translated into more than 30 languages after landing on a number of U.S. best-seller lists including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and earning the title of best-selling debut of 2014 in the U.K.. Haynes is currently working on a follow-up novel featuring the same protagonist, and MGM is keen to see I Am Pilgrim spawn a film franchise.
With only five films under his belt as director, Vaughn has proven himself the right guy to kick off franchises, first with Kick-Ass, which garnered a sequel directed by Jeff Wadlow. Vaughn followed that up by reviving Fox’s X-Men franchise with the mega-hit X-Men: First Class, before heading off to adapt Mark Millar‘s Kingsman: The Secret Service. Kingsman received a sequel greenlight back in April, with Vaughn hard at work on the screenplay. With a 2016 start date projected for I Am Pilgrim — a date that seems likely to overlap with production on Kingsman 2 — It looks like Vaughn will continue his track record of getting a franchise off the ground only to head on to the next big thing.
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