In the last few years director Brian Kirk has been making the rounds on some of the most acclaimed television fhosws on either side of the pond right now, from Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones over here to Great Expectations and the Idris Elba-led Luther over the UK. It was only a matter of time before that kind of classy work led to bigger things for Kirk, and now it looks like he may move on to something much, much bigger. According to Deadline Kirk is now in talks to direct The Osterman Weekend, the Robert Ludlum adaptation set up at Lionsgate/Summit that's their brazen attempt to get in on some of that Bourne series cash.

The fact that it's clearly Bourne inspired shouldn't take away from the potential of the project. Osterman Weekend was already adapted once into a 1983 film directed by the great Sam Peckinpah, and though it centers around the usual Ludlum themes of conspiracy and a man on the run, it's a different story with its own set of potential plusses. The story starts when a man is approached by a mysterious reporter and told his friends are not who they say they are; when the reporter turns up dead, the man goes on the run and must fight to stay alive and figure out who he can trust.

Kirk has his hands full with several other feature projects right now, including the potential Tom Cruise vehicle Paper Wings, and it's unclear which project might move forward first. But it seems clear that this is a guy we'll be seeing more from very soon, and if The Bourne Legacy does well this summer, you can probably expect to see The Osterman Weekend get bumped to the front of the pack.
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