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50/50 director Jonathan Levine in talks to direct McG's Dead Spy Running

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DEAD SPY RUNNING was a project initially started by writer Stephen Gaghen (SYRIANA, TRAFFIC) and Jamie Moss (HUNTER KILLER, STREET KINGS) for producer and THIS MEANS WAR director McG. Gaghen was supposed to initially direct, but scheduling conflicts made that not happen.

Enter Jonathan Levine of 50/50 and THE WACKNESS fame, who Twitch says is in negotiations to direct the spy thriller at Warner Bros. A strange choice of filmmaker to be paired with McG, though I suppose Academy Award winner Gaghen's involvement is stranger still.

As for what the project is about, McG told Collider the following in a recent interview:

ď[DEAD SPY RUNNING] is a spy story for this generation.† Itís of the Social Network age.† Imagine those kids in Zuckerbergís room in The Social Network.† One of them goes on to be a spy and uses his acumen of todayís world: DJ culture, Steve Jobs, the Apple store.† Which I say with respect to Bond, Bourne, and Hunt, they donít really know that world.† But thereís a whole generation of kids that do.† And what if a spy came from that place?† Gaghan knows a lot about that world, so Iím hoping to get that done.† Thatís a huge priority.Ē
Source: TwitchCollider

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11:22PM on 03/13/2012
Call me stupid, but I've read McG's synopsis 10 times and I still don't know what the fuck he's talking about!
Call me stupid, but I've read McG's synopsis 10 times and I still don't know what the fuck he's talking about!
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6:36PM on 03/13/2012
Sounds like a high concept cash grab that will be a muddled clusterfuck of clashing aesthetics that don't connect with a single demographic.
Sounds like a high concept cash grab that will be a muddled clusterfuck of clashing aesthetics that don't connect with a single demographic.
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