Magazine article Screen International

Blake Lively to Star in Spy Thriller for 'Bond' Producers

Magazine article Screen International

Blake Lively to Star in Spy Thriller for 'Bond' Producers

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Reed Morano, riding high after critical acclaim for The Handmaid’s Tale, to direct spy thriller.

Blake Lively will star in spy thriller The Rhythm Section for James Bond producers EON Productions and IM Global.

Reed Morano (below), who directed the first three episodes of Hulu and MGM’s Emmys hopeful The Handmaid’s Tale, is scheduled to direct the first in what is conceived as a series based on Mark Burnell’s ‘Stephanie Patrick’ espionage novels.

The producers anticipate a production start later this year, with shooting likely to take place in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland and the US.

IM Global is financing The Rhythm Section and London-based EON’s Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who have produced the last eight James Bond films, serve as producers.

IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford and head of production Greg Shapiro will serve as executive producers alongside author and screenwriter Burnell. IM Global and WME Global handle worldwide rights.

The Rhythm Section centres on Stephanie Patrick, who adopts the persona of an assassin to track down the people responsible for killing her family on a flight she was meant to be on. …

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