“Tower” director Keith Maitland will direct “Enemies Within,” a post-9/11 spy story he adapted, Variety reports. Killer Content, the parent company of Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler’s Killer Films, will co-produce and co-finance.
Killer optioned the movie rights to the 2013 book “Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America,” written by Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman. The movie will focus on competing counter-terrorism initiatives in New York City in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, following the terrorist bomber Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan-American trained by a deputy of Osama bin Laden.
Apuzzo and Goldman were among four reporters who won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2012 for a series on the New York Police Department’s efforts to surveil Muslim and minority neighborhoods after 9/11. Killer’s Adrienne Becker and Rachel Gould will produce alongside Chris Hawley and Eileen Sullivan. Stuart Rich will executive produce.
Maitland’s previous film, “Tower,” is an animated documentary about the first mass shooting at a school in the U.S. The film tells an untold story from the day in 1966 when a lone gunman opened fire on students at the University of Texas at Austin from a 300-foot tower in the center of campus.