The Muppets director James Bobin has signed on to helm Agent Zigzag for New Line Cinema, a project which has been languishing in development for the past five years.

Back in September 2007, New Line Cinema purchased the rights to Ben McIntyre's book, with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman set to produce. Two years later, the studio hired Mark Bomback to adapt this true-story tale, though that was the last we heard about the project until now.

The plot is based on the true story of Eddie Chapman, a criminal who was trained by the Nazi's to spy on the British during World War II. After arriving in the U.K., he contacted MI5 and became a double agent, spying on the Germans for Britain.

Rowan Joffe wrote the latest version of the screenplay. It isn't immediately clear if this will be James Bobin's next project, since he is still attached to make The Muppets 2.