Warner Bros. has tapped director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett for their languishing spy thriller Dead Spy Running.

The project is based on the Jon Stock book of the same name, the first in a trilogy. The story follows Daniel Marchant, a young DJ who is framed for the murder of his father, a disgraced MI6 agent. He goes on the run with a beautiful secret agent to uncover his father's past and clear his name for good. We first reported on the project back in October 2008, when McG was attached to direct.

Simon Barrett will rewrite the original adapted script by Stephen Gaghan and Jamie Moss. McG will produce through his Wonderland Sound and Vision company, alongside Kevin McCormick (Gangster Squad).

Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett are best know for low-budget horror-thrillers such as A Horrible Way to Die and You're Next. They also worked on a segment of this year's horror anthology V/H/S.