Reed Morano will be directing a woman-led espionage thriller produced by longtime James Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The Rhythm Section is based on the novel of the same name by Mark Burnell. The novel is the first of four, and plans are to adapt the whole series.
Blake Lively has been cast as the lead, Stephanie Patrick.
“This new film, The Rhythm Section, will be “a contemporary adaptation”of the first thriller in the book series of four which also include Gemini, The Third Woman and Chameleon. The logline: “Patrick (Lively) is on a path of self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash, a flight that she was meant to be on. After discovering that the crash was not an accident, her anger awakens a new sense of purpose and she rises to uncover the truth by adapting the identity of an assassin to track down those responsible. The new, and lethal, Stephanie Patrick is on a mission to fill the void between what she knows and what she is told.””
This will be the first time the Bond producers will produce an espionage film that does not star the beloved James Bond. The series greatly differs from the Bond film and is similar to the Bourne series and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Essentially, The Rhythm Section will be more grounded than the Bond films.
Lively is coming of the heels of the surprise box office The Shallows, and Morano has recently stepped into the directors chair with the widely praised The Handmaid’s Tale, and the indie darling Meadowland. Morano has an impressive background in cinematography, which earned her a spot in the American Society of Cinematographers.
So, expect this film to be beautifully crafted, poignant, and badass.