Anthony Russo and Joe Russo have been keeping busy by directing back-to-back Avengers movies with Avengers: Infinity War scheduled for May 4, 2018, and production on Avengers 4 starting soon. That hasn’t kept them from using their considerable clout in Hollywood to start putting together their own projects as producers.
The Tracking Board has confirmed that they’ve picked up the rights to Mohsin Hamid’s Man Booker Prize-selected novel Exit West, and they’ve attached The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum to helm it. This is through Tyldum’s own Mimir banner with which the Russos have a first look deal.
The Russos themselves signed a first look deal with Fox and also have jumped on the board the next film by Swiss Army Man directors, the Daniels.
The plot for the novel and film comes from the Penguin Random House site:
“In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . .”
Hamid is also the author of the political thriller The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which was adapted into a movie by Mira Nair in 2012 with Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson starring.
After receiving an Oscar nomination for directing The Imitation Game, Tyldum went on to direct Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in the long-in-development sci-fi thriller, Passengers, which grossed over $300 million worldwide despite tepid reviews.
This news was initially reported by Deadline.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor