Upcoming Spy Thriller Novel The Right Hand Already Getting An Adaptation
Derek Haas is known for his work as a screenwriter, scripting movies like 2 Fast 2 Furious, Wanted, Catch That Kid and the remake of 3:10 To Yuma, but now it's actually one of his novels that will be getting the film treatment. Universal Pictures and producer Scott Stuber have made a deal to adapt Haas' The Right Hand.
According to Deadline, Haas and his screenwriting partner Michael Brandt have been brought on to write the script (no big surprise there) and they will also be serving as producers on the film. The book, which won't actually be in book stores until November 13th, is a spy thriller about a hero named Austin Clay who goes on a rescue mission to save an American operative in the Russian countryside, but while doing so discovers that there is "a mole that has penetrated the top levels of U.S. government."
Said Haas in a statement about the acquisition, "I’m thrilled The Right Hand is in the hands of Scott Stuber and Universal, with whom Michael and I have had incredible movie experiences. We love that after readers get a chance to discover this spy thriller in November, we’ll get to bring it to the screen ourselves."
To get a sense of the book's tone, check out the book trailer below (yes, books have trailers now).
Haas and Brandt most recently created the firefighting NBC drama Chicago Fire, and wrote the script for the Richard Gere-Topher Grace thriller The Double (which Brandt also directed). They are currently working on a script for Wanted 2 and the action film Overdrive, which has Karl Urban and Sam Claflin attached to star, is currently in pre-production.
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