Mike Newell to make Litvinenko film
Published 18/05/2010 | 11:31
Mike Newell has revealed he is trying to bring the mysteries surrounding the death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko to the big screen.
The British filmmaker talked about the project at the Los Angeles premiere of his new film Prince Of Persia, fronted by Jake Gyllenhaal.
"There are so many mysteries wrapped around mysteries, wrapped around other mysteries that it's a great story - of course you want to peel that onion," the director said of the former KGB agent who died in a London hospital in 2006 from radiation poisoning.
"I think they probably do know who did it, but they don't know why they did it," he added.
He went on: "Who knows what he was like. Was he a very simple man? Was he naive or did he know what was going to happen to him?"
Newell insisted the project is at a very early stage, but they're looking to find a suitable leading man.
"There's a good version of the script and now what's got to happen is that someone has got to want to make it alongside me," he said.
"In other words, there's got to be an actor and then we shall see, that'll probably take a while."