Matthew Vaughn to Direct Spy Thriller ‘I Am Pilgrim’

MGM is behind adaptation of Terry Hayes’ international bestselling novel

Last Updated: September 29, 2015 @ 9:55 AM

Matthew Vaughn will direct an adaptation of espionage thriller “I Am Pilgrim” for MGM, the company announced Tuesday.

Terry Hayes’ bestselling novel follows the adopted son of a wealthy American family, who once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Now in anonymous retirement, he is called upon to lend his expertise to an unusual investigation but ultimately becomes caught in a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion.

Hayes is adapting his own novel for the big screen.

“We could not be more excited to have a consummate filmmaker like Matthew to bring I AM PILGRIM to the screen,” Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group, said in a statement. “His sensibility, coupled with Terry Hayes’ incredible story, gives us the ideal team to bring this character to the world wide audience.”

Vaughn will produce and co-finance through his Marv Films. Lloyd Braun is also producing through his Whalerock Industries with Andrew Mittman serving as executive producer.

MGM’s Glickman and Matt Dines, vice president of production, will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

Vaughn is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Ziffren Brittenham LLP.