Sony Pictures has emerged victorious in a bidding war for David Ignatius' novel The Director, which has Scott Rudin attached to produce and Paul Greengrass circling to direct. While insiders claim that Paul Greengrass isn't officially set at this time, other sources reveal the filmmaker plans to direct and write the adapted screenplay.
The story follows Graham Weber, who has only been the CIA director for a week when a young Swiss man claims that the agency has been infiltrated by hackers, and he has a list of agents' names to back it up. Weber joins forces with James Morris, an unstable CIA tech specialist who runs the Internet Operations center, as they both launch a mole hunt that takes them through the hacker underworld of the U.S. and Europe. WW Norton will publish the novel this June.
No production schedule was given. The deal marks the first under Michael De Luca's tenure as Sony's new president of production.