Atonement director eyes assassin thriller Hanna

Atonement director Joe Wright is in discussions with Focus Features to helm the action-adventure thriller Hanna, with Marty Adelstein (Black Christmas, Made of Honor) and Scott Nemes (My Baby’s Daddy) as producers, according to HeatVisionBlog.

Hanna has been receiving a great deal of attention since being set up at Focus in 2007, with Danny Boyle (28 Days Later) and Alfonso Cuaron (Y tu mamá también, Children of Men) both having previously been eyeing the director’s chair.

Hanna is described as having shades of La Femme Nikita and the Bourne trilogy, and centers on a 14-year-old Eastern European girl who has been raised by her father to be a stone-cold killing machine. She connects with a French family, forms a friendship with their daughter and goes through the pains of adolescence, before being dragged back into her father’s world and realizing that she was bred as a killer in a CIA prison camp, from which she must fight her way to a free life.

The script was developed by Seth Lochhead and David Farr.

Hanna would mark a serious about-face for Wright, known for dramas such as the previously mentioned Atonement, as well as The Soloist and Pride & Prejudice.