Deadline reports that Gore Verbinski is planning on directing and producing a movie based on Guy Delisle’s book, Pyongyang.
New Regency has teamed with Gore Verbinski‘s Blind Wink banner on Pyongyang, a dark comedic film that Verbinski will direct and produce, based on the Guy Delisle graphic novel. Steve Conrad, who scripted The Pursuit Of Happyness and most recently the Ben Stiller-directed remake The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, is writing the screenplay. The film is about outsourcing run amok when a young animator sent to North Korea is accused of espionage. Verbinski’s next film, The Lone Ranger, opens through Disney in the summer and Blind Wink’s first project was the Oscar-winning Rango, which Verbinski directed.
This is good news, indeed. I am a little surprised that it is not Delisle’s Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City given that the Middle East is in the news every day. But, Pyongyang is a great story and should make for a wonderful movie.