Paul Haggis and Michael Nozik with Hwy61 Films, based at Paramount, option Joseph Weisberg's "An Ordinary Spy," a novel about the realities of day-to-day work in the CIA, and the emotional damage participants can wreak on each other.
Haggis ("Crash" and "Million Dollar Baby") and Nozik ("Syriana" and "Love in the Time of Cholera") producing; Stephen Nathan to write the screenplay. Weisberg, a former CIA agent, is represented on literary rights by David McCormick with the McCormick & Williams literary agency and on film rights by Creative Artists Agency. The book is published by Bloomsbury USA.
The back story
Your book-to-film mission, should you choose to accept it: a modern spy novel that doesn't tell the reader who the characters are, where the story takes place or even the kind of food they eat. All of these details are heavily redacted, marked by extensive blacked-out sections of type in the book, which switches back and forth in time. Some might put this one back on the shelf, but Haggis and Nozik jumped at the chance to turn Weisberg's highly praised yarn into a thinking person's spy film.