Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts will direct the pilot of Jeff Bridges‘ FX spy series The Old Man.
Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, the show revolves around Dan Chase, who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid ever since. When an assassin arrives and tries to take him out, the old operative learns that he has to reconcile his past to ensure his future.
John Lithgow has also joined the cast. He’ll play Harold Harper, a man called back to service by the FBI after suffering a terrible personal loss. But he also has a complicated past with Chase, which makes him uniquely suited for hunting him down.
Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine have written the series. Watts will also serve as an executive producer, as will Warren Littlefield and Dan Shotz. The show marks a reunion for Levine, Littlefield and Shotz, who all previously collaborated on four seasons of Black Sails.
Outside of MCU’s Spider-Man, Watts has also helmed the impressive thriller Cop Car. The spark and creativity he showed there has been blunted a little by the MCU machine, so hopefully directing The Old Man allows him to flex his creative muscles a bit.
Lithgow is having a good year, having had roles in Pet Sematary and Late Night. He also had a voice role in The Simpsons and will play disgraced Fox News magnate Roger Ailes in the Lionsgate drama Bombshell. Expect him to be in awards contention for that one.
Production on The Old Man pilot is expected to begin within the next few months.