Greg Rucka’s Queen & Country may get a boost from maverick director Ridley Scott.
According to The Wrap, the Alien Covenant director is in talks to helm the adaptation of Rucka’s spy series for 20th Century Fox. The Oni Press comic book series, which began in 2001 with Steve Rolston on art, centered on a Special Operations operative named Tara Chase and the bureaucracy of the Secret Intelligence Service. Inspired by the BBC series The Sandbaggers, Queen and Country was often more concerned with gathering “human intelligence” and the political struggles inside the SIS than it was with gunplay and car chases. As the same time, Chase still found herself in dangerous locales and situations in line with spy movies and television shows.
That balance could make it a good fit for Scott, who is adept at talking and gunfights in equal measure. The Wrap’s report indicates the plot will revolve around Chase as she is “used as bait to draw out an international terrorist after an attack in London.” That also has a Scott flavor to it.
The project has been around for sometime with Ellen Page attached to star as Chase at one point. She has since departed the film.
It is unclear when Fox hopes to release the pictures and, as with all deals the studio makes at moment, it could be upended if the studio’s merger with Disney proves to be successful.