Director James Gray (The Lost City Of Z, The Immigrant) has just recently wrapped up filming on Ad Astra, a sci-fi film starring Brad Pitt, but he’s quickly moving on to his next project. He’s turning his attention to an adaptation of spy thriller I Am Pilgrim for MGM.
The novel is a part of an espionage trilogy written by Terry Hayes, who has adapted his own novel by writing the screenplay. He’s got experience in the film industry, having worked on such films as Dead Calm, Payback and From Hell.
In the novel, “pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed a secret U.S. espionage unit. Now in anonymous retirement, he is called upon to lend his expertise to an unusual investigation but ultimately is caught in a race against-time to save America from oblivion”.
It’s unclear whether the film will be an adaptation of just one of Hayes’ novels with an intention of making sequels if the first film is a hit, or an amalgamation of the whole trilogy into one film, as these projects sometimes won’t do. The novel sounds like something akin to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or the Bourne trilogy.
Gray hasn’t exact dabbled much in genre work during his relatively brief filmmaking career, so it will be interesting to see how he tackles this. Ad Astra is currently slated to hit cinemas on January 11, 2019.