James Bobin Locates Agent Zigzag

A true life spy tale

For a long while, Mike Newell has been the man developing Agent Zigzag, a fresh take on the real-life adventures of World War II double agent Eddie Chapman. But now it would appear that Newell has been given the Ghost Protocol treatment and that the spy has a new handler: Muppets director James Bobin.

Chapman’s story, which was previously brought to the screen in 1966’s Triple Cross, was more recently explored in Ben Macintyre’s 2007 book. It follows the petty crook and all-round smoothie as he charmed his way into working for German Intelligence, only to turn things around and also serve Britain’s secret services.

Newell had been working on the script with Rowan Joffe, who came aboard in 2011 to re-write Mark Bomback’s original script. There’s no word on whether Bobin will be bringing in someone new or take his own pass on the screenplay.

Frankly, we’re concerned that he’s even considering other projects when he should be locked in an airtight container with Muppets co-writer Nicholas Stoller, cranking out the script for the sequel while an endless loop of The Muppet Show plays on a screen. They’ll either emerge with a work of genius or stark raving bonkers, and frankly either works for Muppet jokes...