Warner Bros. is remaking the German thriller WHO AM I, with David Goyer producing and in talks to direct. Warner acquired rights to the hacker thriller, fully titled Who Am I: No System Is Safe, nearly a year after it first premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
Goyer and Kevin Turen are leading the charge on this one, producing under their Phantom Four banner, which has a first-look deal with the studio. Goyer’s also lining up to take a seat in the director’s chair, with our sources confirming to us that he’s actively being perused to helm. Kevin McCormick is also producing via his Langley Park Pictures, while Jesse Ehrman and Nik Mavinkurve are overseeing for the studio.
The film presents a story that couldn’t be more timely in the age of Wikileaks, the Sony hack, and the Anonymous hacker group. Who Am I centers on a young, aimless computer programmer who finds himself one of the most wanted targets in the world after he joins a team of daredevil hackers who get their thrills on entering encrypted databases and exposing government secrets. What starts out as harmless pranking and good-natured rebellion soon kicks off a chain of dangerous events that threaten his freedom and future.
Women in Gold actor Tom Schilling starred in the original, which was directed by Baran bo Odar. Odar is next helming the drama/thriller Sleepless Nights, a remake of Nuit Blanche, which stars Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, and Scoot McNairy.
Goyer most recently executive produced and co-wrote Warner’s biggest upcoming release, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and produced and received a story credit on Focus Features’ supernatural thriller The Forest, which stars Game of Thrones breakout Natalie Dormer.
The multi-faceted writer, director, and producer is working on a slew of projects, including Warner’s Sandman adaptation with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lionsgate’s sci-fi action/thriller The Breach. Goyer is also working heavily in the TV space, as he’s the creator, executive producer, and writer of Starz’s drama Da Vinci’s Demons. He’s now developing Brooklyn Animal Control for USA and Krypton, a pre-Superman DC series, for Syfy.
He’s repped by WME.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor