Matthew Vaughn Directing Spy Thriller I AM PILGRIM

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’ helmer lines up his next project. Matthew Vaughn has signed on to take the director’s chair for an adaptation of Terry Hayes’ espionage thriller novel ‘I Am Pilgrim.’

Published in 2014, follows “Pilgrim,” code-name for “a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for U.S. intelligence. Now in anonymous retirement, he is called upon to lend his expertise to an unusual investigation but ultimately becomes caught in a terrifying race against time to save America from a cunning terrorist.”

In addition to directing, Vaughn will produce and co-finance the adaptation through his MARV Films shingle, with Lloyd Braun of Whalerock Industries also producing. Production is expected to kick off next year.