The Kingdom's Helmer Persuaded to Direct 'Edwin A. Salt'

Peter Berg

Having an empty seat in the director position, Columbia Pictures is reported to be in talk with Peter Berg about him being the helmer of Tom Cruise's new spy thriller film.

It was reported that Columbia Pictures is in talk with the helmer of "The Kingdom", Peter Berg. According to Variety, the studio is discussing about the possibility of Berg directing Tom Cruise's spy thriller, "Edwin A. Salt".

The studio is persuading Berg to join the project, firstly because they were impressed with his work "Hancock". Further, according to, Berg is also needed since the movie had lost its two potential directors, Michael Mann, who chose to do "Public Enemies" instead, and Terry George.

The thriller movie resolved around Edwin A. Salt, a CIA officer accused to be a Russian sleeper spy that tried to assassinate the president. In the film, Salt must avoid to be captured by his superiors, try to reunite with his family and prove his innocence.

"Edwin A. Salt", which screenplay was written by Kurt Wimmer, is expected to start production in June 2008. It will be produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Sunil Perkash, and will be shot half on stages in L.A. and half on location on the East Coast.


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