By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist May 2, 2012 at 10:19PM
Franchise? Check. Working with an auteur? Check. Making a period movie based on classic book? Check. Looks like one of the last things Robert Pattinson has to check off his bucket list, besides making a comedy (though some would argue he's done that already), is making a movie about an Important Subject. Well, consider it done.
Every teenage girl's favorite vampire has signed up for "Mission: Blacklist" and his prey will be one of the most notorious figures of our time. Based on the book "Mission: Blacklist #1," the psychological thriller will be based on the true story of military interrogator Eric Maddox (who wrote the novel with Davin Seay) about the hunt for Saddam Hussein, and the events that led him to uncover the wanted leader in a spiderhole in Tikrit. The film will get some grit and a taste of authenticity from "Band Of Brothers" writer and producer Erik Jendresen who's penning the script. Some guy named Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire will direct in what looks to be his feature debut.
The project will be available for buyers at Cannes and we're guessing everyone will want to see how RPatz does in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" before they sink their cash into this. Outside of the "Twilight" franchise, Pattinson hasn't been a solid gold seller, with one well performing hit in "Water For Elephants" and one miss with "Remember Me" (and perhaps two misses with "Bel Ami" which has done modestly overseas, and opens in limited release this summer against a slew of blockbusters). So we'll see how this pans out. [Deadline]