Malcolm Gladwell Can't Stop Writing CIA Scripts

Too bad his new one sounds like 'Rubicon'

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New Yorker staff writer and go-with-your-gut advocate Malcolm Gladwell is getting into the rewrite game, striking a deal with Disney to polish the script for the upcoming thriller Hexum. Deadline's Mike Fleming describes the project:

The Hexum protagonist is a CIA threat-assessment analyst, an alternative-thinking brainiac who is relegated to a distant corner of the CIA where he assembles theories nobody pays attention to. By connecting a series of seemingly random occurrences, he uncovers a sinister adversary planning an imminent global threat. And of course, his biggest challenge is to get anybody to believe him.

This sounds promising. It also sounds very similar to Rubicon, the very boring spy show that came on after Mad Men and was cancelled by AMC after one season. That series, according to its IMDB page, centered on "an analyst at a New York City-based federal intelligence agency who is thrown into a story where nothing is as it appears to be," a plot not dissimilar to that of Three Days of the Condor, the 1975 film in which a  "bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust."

According to Deadline, Gladwell will also serve as executive producer. There's no word yet on how the project will affect the spy show Gladwell sold to HBO back in October. That project, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is about "a missionary who becomes involved in the CIA," presumably as an analyst who sees something bad.

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