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// June 19, 2019

New project! Michael is set to produce and star in an action spy thriller, Malko, based on the French book series, S.A.S.!

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Michael Fassbender is set to star in and produce the action spy thriller Malko after Lionsgate picked up worldwide movie rights to Gerard de Villiers’ action-spy novel series S.A.S.

Fassbender will play the role of superspy Malko Linge, with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle) set to pen the screenplay.

Lionsgate has also secured the rights to de Villiers’ catalog of espionage thrillers, serialized through 200 books that have sold throughout the world. The S.A.S. franchise follows the singular hero Malko Linge, an Austrian nobleman and freelance CIA operative who spent his formative years in a special Nazi work camp for captured spies and learned the intricate dark arts of tradecraft from the best. Now an adult living in a reclaimed family manor fallen into disrepair, Malko becomes a spy-for-hire.

The first film set will be mainly based on de Villiers’ book Checkpoint Charlie.

“We are enormously excited to be teaming with Greg Shapiro and Michael Fassbender, as well as Lars Sylvest from Black Magic and Thorsten Schumacher from Rocket Science, to develop Malko,” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake said Tuesday in a statement.

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