The return of the Amblin brand in such a big way has been heralded by a series of announcements and attachments, the latest one being the hiring of directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon from Blades of Glory and Office Christmas Party to direct the Amblin Partners’ thriller The Travelers.
Chris Pavone’s novel was adapted by Jonathan Herman (Scarface) with The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman producing, having just wrapped the Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter for StudioCanal.
Although the directing duo repped by CAA and Management 360 are best known for their comedies, they’re trying to branch away from the genre and do something which has more of a mix of action and humor with this project having a “Hitchcockian premise” that incorporates elements of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and North by Northwest.
The movie is about writer Will Rhodes, a New York journalist who actually works for a spy agency only pretending to be a travel magazine, as he gets dragged into a “tangled web of global intrigue,” as he learns that people around him, including his wife, might be a threat to him.
Their hiring was initially reported on by Deadline.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor