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Tim Robbins returns to feature film directing with spy story City of Lies

Aug. 9, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg
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It's true! After a long hiatus, Tim Robbins has elected to direct a feature film again after several small TV gigs iincluding a two-episode stint on HBO's "Treme."

Last seen in the feature film director's chair back in the 90s (BOB ROBERTS, DEAD MAN WALKING, and CRADLE WILL ROCK), Robbins replaces Phillip Noyce (SALT) on the spy story CITY OF LIES.  An adaptation of Arthur Phillips' short story Wenceslas Square by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER), CITY OF LIES "concerns two spies who fall in love while participating in separate missions in Prague."

There's no word yet if Robbins will star or do his own pass on the script, as he holds a writing credit for all three of his past directorial efforts.

Extra Tidbit: Wenceslas I was the duke of Bohemia between 921 and 935. Then he was supposedly murdered by his brother Boleslav the Cruel, became a martyr in the eyes of the Catholic Church, and now we sing "Good King Wenceslas" come Christmastime.

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12:12PM on 08/09/2012
Sounds like an old-fashioned Hitchcockian spy story. I wonder how that would fare in a time when most spy stories eschew romance for high-stakes and high-octane chases and action.
Sounds like an old-fashioned Hitchcockian spy story. I wonder how that would fare in a time when most spy stories eschew romance for high-stakes and high-octane chases and action.
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