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Exclusive: Eric Bana the Leading Contender to Play Ex-SAS Bad-Ass Nick Stone

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 8, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 8, 2010 |

Back in March of this year, Variety announced that Hyde Park Entertainment had picked up the rights to Andy McNab’s 12-novel espionage series based around the character Nick Stone. According to the Hollywood Cog, Eric Bana is poised to play that character in a potential espionage series.

The script comes from John Connor, who is also a producer on the project, which is being co-produced by Imagenation Abu Dhabi. The first film in the series will be an adaptation of Firewall, which is being turned into a movie called Echelon. It will follow the ex-SAS hardnut as he attempts to prevent a terrorist organization from accessing the world’s largest computer intelligence database.

Author Andy McNab is a fascinating character in and of himself. Not so coincidentally, he is also an ex-SAS officer, who was also the weapons coordinator on Michael Mann’s Heat. He was also the most highly decorated British soldier of the Gulf War, after he commanded the Bravo Two Zero operation and was held and tortured by Iraqi soldiers for six weeks. (In fact, McNab is not his real name; his real name is kept secret for security reasons.) He’s clearly earned some big-time blockbuster adaptation royalties.

There’s no start date yet assigned for Echelon, as producers have not yet nailed down a director. Bana, who was ever-present in 2009, is wrapping up Hanna and ramping up The Emperor’s Children. It was reported recently that he’s also circling the Sheldon Turner-directed By Virtue Fall, alongside Colin Farrel.

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