Drake Doremus is steadily expanding his cinematic canvas. Breaking out with intimate dramas “Like Crazy” and “Breathe In,” the director took a sci-fi turn with this upcoming “Equals” starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult. And now he’s going to try out making a thriller, lining up an intriguing sounding project.
Deadline reports that Doremus will helm “The Tracking Of A Russian Spy.” Based on the novella by Mitch Swenson, the story follows a man who falls for a woman, only to discover she’s a Russian spy. Here’s the book synopsis:
The Tracking of A Russian Spy exhibits the harrowing consequences that can emerge when love, or something like it, intersects with modern-day espionage. Swenson details the perplexing set of events that follow his encounter with a beautiful stranger in a dusky New York City nightclub. The woman in question is Katya and as the two grow closer Swenson wonders whether there might be more to this woman than she lets on. His suspicions are only confirmed when, in the summer of 2010, Katya disappears after the arrest of ten Russian Americans charged with spying for the Kremlin, one of whom is the now infamous Anna Chapman. In search for answers that have occupied him for more than two years, Swenson makes a sojourn to Moscow where the account of a relationship cut short emerges as a panoramic take on high-tech espionage, Soviet “closed cities”, ongoing vestiges of the Cold War, and, perhaps, the ways in which secrets and attractions exist in a pervasively networked world.
Charles Cumming has penned the script for this one, with production eyed for a fall start date. There’s nothing we like better than watching a director start to stretch their wings, so we’ll be keeping an eye on this.