‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ and ‘Jack Reacher’ filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie is teaming with screenwriters Terence Winter (‘The Wolf of Wall Street’) and Carl Capotorto for ‘The Chameleon,’ a real-life drama based on the 2008 New Yorker feature by David Grann.

The story follows Frédéric Bourdin, a young French con man who persuads an American family that he was their son who had disappeared from his home in 1994 when he was 13 years old.

Despite the fact that Bourdin was seven years older than the long-lost teenager, had a heavy French accent, and had different colour eyes and hair, the family bought the deception. The impersonation was eventually discovered as a result of the suspicions of a private investigator, Charles Parker, and an FBI agent, Nancy Fisher.

According to Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr, who broke the news of McQuarrie’s involvement, the aim is to craft a psychological thriller tonally similar to ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ or ‘Making A Murderer.’

The film is set up at Netflix, with Winter and his wife Rachel Winter producing, along with McQuarrie and his producing partner, Heather McQuarrie.

Bourdin’s story was previously brought to the screen by Jean-Paul Salmoné and his 2010 film, also titled ‘The Chameleon,’ and most recently with British director Bart Layton and his dumbfounding 2010 documentary ‘The Imposter.’