James Bobin To Direct Agent Zigzag

James Bobin is one of the hottest comedy directors to have surfaced in the last few years. Not only is he one of the big players behind HBO’s FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, he also directed this year’s incredible THE MUPPETS. And whilst it’s almost certain that Bobin will join Kermit and Co for the inevitable sequel, he has also reportedly signed on for a different kind of movie altogether – an adaptation of the factual book ‘Agent Zigzag’.

The book, by Ben McIntyre, tells the story of Eddie Chapman, the wartime criminal and British double agent, and the film version is set to be produced by New Line and Playtone. Whilst it’s a change of direction for Bobin, it will be interesting to see what he does with Chapman’s remarkable story.

Kermit for the lead. You heard it here first.

Check out the official blub for ‘Agent Zigzag’.

Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began.

In 1941, after training as a German spy in occupied France, Chapman was parachuted into Britain with a revolver, a wireless, and a cyanide pill, with orders from the Abwehr to blow up an airplane factory. Instead, he contacted MI5, the British Secret Service. For the next four years, Chapman worked as a double agent, a lone British spy at the heart of the German Secret Service who at one time volunteered to assassinate Hitler for his countrymen. Crisscrossing Europe under different names, all the while weaving plans, spreading disinformation, and, miraculously, keeping his stories straight under intense interrogation, he even managed to gain some profit and seduce beautiful women along the way.

The Nazis feted Chapman as a hero and awarded him the Iron Cross. In Britain, he was pardoned for his crimes, becoming the only wartime agent to be thus rewarded. Both countries provided for the mother of his child and his mistress. Sixty years after the end of the war, and ten years after Chapman’s death, MI5 has now declassified all of Chapman’s files, releasing more than 1,800 pages of top secret material and allowing the full story of Agent Zigzag to be told for the first time.

Source: Variety

Tom Fordy is a writer and journalist from Bristol. He is a regular contributor to The Hollywood News, Loaded, and Zip magazine, where he puts his years of movie addiciton to bloody good use. He is also the founder and sole reader of adult humour blog FilmC*nt. Tom Fordy now lives in East London with his partner, son, and massive collection of pointless crap. He plans to eat himself to death very soon.

1 Comment

  1. Bobbie jarvis

    August 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I have written a book, along with a feature length screenplay. I’m confident that upon completion this future film has the potential to be categorized with the movies The color Purple, A Time to Kill, Root, and MS. Burning and other movies of this nature. Being that it has been a long period of time sense these movies and books were released. I feel that this script is a timely piece and well the time is now. Upon request I will be glad to send the finish script and book.

    “Only a true love affair will survive the test that these two would endure during this period of time where opposite does attract and by all means fall in love.”

    “SLEEPING WITH THE CROSS”

    Drama. The incredible story of a beautiful black woman and the man who dared to love her-only trouble is, he is the Grand Dragon of the kkk. It’s the worst sin he could commit. Newspapers are filling with scandal. This drama of love and life in the south is filled with romance and adventure as the beautiful black woman struggle against two races and violence he love generates. But while her people can forgive, the Klan cannot and in the end their love may cost the Grand Dragon his life. Alternate title:”Grand Dragon”

    You can reach me at 253-229 2135 bnjarvis@yahoo.com.

    Treatment For: “SLEEPIMG WITH THE CROSS”

    The story is about the Grand Dragon of the KKK who would fall in love with a black woman. At a young age he was made to hate people of a different race. Ken now owns a major clothing factory in Mississippi. It happens to be one of the largest companies in this small southern town. In his factory were other Klansmen that he employed .They were basically everywhere under cover. There is also a law passed that every business had to employ a percentage of black minorities. So against the rules, they decide that they would beat the system by hiring only very light skin African Americans.

    One day a dark skin beautiful black woman name Sharon, with long black hair, flawless dark brown skin walks into his office with a portfolio under her arm with a walk like silk flowing in the wind. She has the confident in herself that her looks along would land her this job, and not just her skills and degrees that she

    has.

    Ken could do nothing but stare as she walked

    closer.

    One of his partners and also best friend Tim

    noticed how he looked at her.

    Ken spoke in a low voice, saying that he was going

    to hire that Nigger. He we go against his friends

    and the members of the Klansmen opinion about hiring

    this black woman.

    Once she began working in his factory, he

    began having an affair with her and they fell in

    love with each other.

    Ken was married and the fact that his wife is

    an alcoholic made it easier to fall in love with the

    beautiful, spunky, black woman seeking her

    affection. The rumors of his affair with a black

    woman would get out.

    Now his life is threatened and his love for

    this black woman is tested and his love for her was

    much stronger than there attempt to take his life.

    This story has cross burnings and other acts

    of hatred.

    The Grand dragon teenage son would be one that

    rebel against the acts of the Klan. He being a teen

    and getting ready to go off to college refuses to

    join what he viewed as ignorant behavior. So

    he was shunned, but he had his girlfriend by his

    side. The last attempt on Ken life left everyone

    thinking he was dead. He goes into hiding not

    telling Sharon anything for now. He had a informant

    that gave him news about the woman he loves and is

    now having his child.

    This love story goes on and has a lot of what

    you may view as drama. There is an attempt to kill

    ken and the Klan thinks they have. The papers are

    rolling hot off the press. A kid stands on the

    corner of kens factory wears hooded shirt,

    shouting , ”Get your paper here the Grand Dragon is

    dead…”

    Titles and articles read, “Sleeping with the

    cross” It’s the worst sin he could commit. The love

    affair with a Nigger causes him his death.”

    ”Grand Dragon killed for crossing the Klan for a Nigger.”

    The Articles go on and on with article concerning

    the kens death.

    His wife did not handle the news of the affair

    very well kills herself in a car accident while very

    intoxicated.

    The book and screenplay is known to hold your attention from beginning to end. There is so much

    more to the story, ”Sleeping with the cross.”

    Thank You,

    Bobbie

    5201 kearny Loop, Apt B

    El Paso TX, 79906

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