The story, based on Olen Steinhauer's novel of the same name, centers on two former lovers, Henry, a current CIA agent in Vienna, and Celia, who retired five years ago, who reunite for dinner in the idyllic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The conversation eventually shifts to the hijacking of Royal Jordianian Flight 127, which ended with every passenger on board dying, and is considered the Vienna station's greatest failure to date. As the dinner progresses, it becomes clear that one of them won't make it out alive.
Here's what director Neil Burger had to say about Olen Steinhauer's novel:
"Olen Steinhauer has written a fantastic, suspenseful, sophisticated drama set in the world of the CIA. As a director, I love that it's a tightly woven puzzle, a mystery involving counter-terrorism and also a mystery of the human heart. Best of all are the two very clever and calculating characters at the center of the story who are dealing with issues of loyalty, sacrifice and a lot of sexual tension. I can't wait to start casting them."
Olen Steinhauer wrote the screenplay adaptation himself, with Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz and Nick Wechsler producing for Chockstone Pictures. Here's what the producers had to say in a joint statement, revealing that casting will start immediately.
"We love his taste, his choices, his directorial vision. Prior to attaching Neil, a number of leading actors were already circling the project. Now with Neil aboard, we will immediately start casting."