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Paramount Picks Up Blake Lively Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’

Paramount Picks Up Blake Lively Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’

The era of the female spy film is in full bloom. Atomic Blonde is still in theaters and a bidding war for Ballerina, which is being geared as a John Wick spinoff, has other studios scrambling for their own female spies. Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures has just jumped into the pool by landing a potential new global franchise from IM Global and James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli called The Rhythm Section. The espionage thriller with star Blake Lively (The Shallows) will be directed by Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale).

Blake Lively

Lively plays a self-destructive woman dealing with survivor’s guilt after her family dies on a plane crash that she was also supposed to be on. She learns from a journalist that the crash was an act of terror covered up by the government. Then, when the journalist is killed, it awakens an anger in the woman that turns into a sense of purpose. She goes after the truth by taking on the identity of an assassin, Stephanie Patrick, to hunt down those responsible.

The film is based on the novels of Mark Brunell, who also wrote the script. Brunell’s Stephanie Patrick novels also include Gemini, The Third Woman, and Chameleon.

This is the first espionage thriller taken on by Wilson and Broccoli outside of the James Bond series.

Why Marvel doesn’t have a Black Widow film with Scarlett Johansson in the works by now is beyond understanding.

Paramount Picks Up Blake Lively Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’

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