It looks like Hollywood has found a hot new author to adapt. Sort of. You might not know the name of late French author Jean-Patrick Manchette, but his work is living up on the big screen. Sean Penn is already starring in an adaptation of the author’s “La Position du tireur couché” (aka “Prone Gunman” aka “The Gunman“), and now another big star is ready to put on his action pants with Manchette’s work.
Colin Firth will lead the adaptation of the 1976 novel “Le Petit Bleu de la Côte Ouest,” know henceforth as “Three To Kill,” with Christopher McQuarrie set to direct. The lean mean tale will follow a businessman who is hunted by two sociopaths after witnessing a murder. Oops. Here’s the book synopsis:
It all starts when Georges Gerfaut, a middle manager in a Paris company, witnesses a murder and discovers that he is next on the hit list. Suddenly Gerfaut is on the run, his circumscribed white-collar life instantly superseded by a world without rules.
Howard Rodman (“Savage Grace,” “August“) will pen the script and while this sounds like a pretty nifty, gritty little thriller, it’s probably a long way off. Why? A little movie called “Mission: Impossible 5” which McQuarrie is directing next for release on Christmas Day 2015. But if you want get an idea of what the movie might be like, you can grab the 2010, Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel adaptation by Jacques Tardi. [Deadline]