The directing / writing team (seen above with actress Sharni Vinson) has been known for their scares to date, including micro budget effort A Horrible Way To Die, then Autoerotic and You’re Next, which was picked up after a triumphant debut at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. They were also part of the team behind anthology terror piece V/H/S, the trailer for which can be seen below.
Now Warners is hoping they can inject some new momentum in Dead Spy Running, which finds DJ-turned-agent Danny Marchant forced to go on the run after the CIA targets him as a traitor – and that’s after he’s saved the American ambassador from a suicide bomber during the London Marathon (a detail which is awfully close to Four Lions, so we imagine that might get tweaked).
Stock’s novel – the first of a planned trilogy – was originally optioned as a possible project for McG, who then passed it on Stephen Gaghan to re-write and potentially direct. 50/50’s Jonathan Levine was offered the megaphone earlier this year and Jamie Moss has written the most recent draft of the script.