Stephen Gaghan set to adapt Dead Spy

McG is attached to direct for Warner Bros.

Warner Brothers has announced Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic) has been tapped to pen the adaptation of “Dead Spy Running,” an espionage novel to which McG is attached to direct for Warner Bros.

Based on a book by British author Jon Stock, the film is meant to be the first in a trilogy and aims to reinvent the spy genre by telling the origin story of a newly trained spy in a tone that mixes the grittiness of “The Bourne Identity” with the wittiness of John Le Carre’s oeuvre.

“Spy,” to be published in June, begins with the protagonist running the London Marathon, where a fellow racer is strapped with explosives. The scenario leads to a globe-trotting adventure to clear the name of the man’s father.

McG, who would direct at least the first installment, is producing with Jeanne Allgood via their Warners-based Wonderland Sound and Vision.

McG is finishing up post-production on Terminator Salvation and also has directing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney as one of his future projects.