GK Films Promises A New Brand of Spy Film

By  · Published on April 21st, 2010

If you’re looking into the history of the spy film, you’d have to go back to the beginning of film itself. Fritz Lang’s Spies is a great place to start, although there are even examples dating back to the 1910s. Essentially, it’s a century-old genre.

GK Films is hoping to change that. According to The Hollywood Reporter, GK has picked up a pitch from investigative journalist Peter Landesman to produce a film that takes a look at an area of the spy world that hasn’t been exposed yet.

Landesman describes it as “a layer of operative and intelligence gathering that is virtually without oversight, directed by a small handful, who do things no one will hear of, occasionally at cross-purposes with agencies like the CIA.”

According to the article, Landesman will be coordinating with former assistant deputy director of the CIA Bob Grenier who has field experience in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This sounds incredible.

The production company itself doesn’t have a long list of titles – Edge of Darkness and The Young Victoria – but executive Graham King is also the President and CEO of Initial Entertainment Group, and through it, he produced The Departed and Blood Diamond.

A strong resume there. Plus, GK is producing the forthcoming The Rum Diary, fellow spy film The Tourist, and Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret.

What do you think?

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