Universal has optioned the rights to a memoir about a Muslim undercover FBI agent written by Tamer Elnoury and Kevin Maurer titled “American Radical” with plans of turning it into a television show.

Rami Malek from the critically acclaimed series Mr. Robot is to be the show’s and Sam Esmail, the show’s creator and showrunner, are teaming up to bring this memoir to life.  Malek is set to topline the project with Esmail directing.

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The memoir was published last October and follows the undercover agent functioning under the pseudonym Elnoury.  A proud Muslim American, Elnoury worked as a police officer up until 9/11, where he joined a couterterrorism unit.  The memoir, as well as this project, chronicles the struggles and difficulties he faced as a Muslim American while helping to infiltrate Al-Qaeda.

What do you think about Malek and Esmail taking on this project?  Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Hollywood Reporter


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