20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to the upcoming book How to Catch a Russian Spy for an adaptation entitled Cold Comfort, with Marc Webb attached to direct.
The book chronicles the true story of an American civilian who became a self-taught spy and helped bring down a Russian agent operating on American soil. The book was co-written by journalist Ellis Henican alongside this real-life civilian-turned-spy, who will reveal his true identity upon the book's publication, although it isn't known when the book will be released.
Several studios and directors were vying for the rights to How to Catch a Russian Spy, since the project is being viewed as a starring vehicle for a strong comedic actor such as Jonah Hill. Bard Dorros, Michael Sugar and Marc Webb are producing, with Ashley Zalta co-producing. No screenwriter is attached at this time.
Marc Webb's superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will hit theaters on May 2. The filmmaker's other credits include the indie comedy (500) Days of Summer and 2011's The Amazing Spider-Man. We reported earlier this week that the director has been confirmed to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3, set for release on June 10, 2016. Its not clear where Cold Comfort falls into this timeline.