Israeli spy story becomes yet another directing gig for Kimberly Peirce

Variety reports that queer director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) has become attached to yet another project, a film about legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen for out producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen (Big Fish, American Beauty). Peirce tells Variety she was particularly drawn to the story given the post-9/11 political climate: "I was really looking to do a story connected to the Arab culture that was adventurous and romantic." Since her success with Boys Don't Cry, Peirce has been attached to numerous projects, including a David Mamet biopic of John Dillinger, a big-screen treatment of Robert Heinlein's Childhood's End, a film about Miami nightclub entrepreneurs Ingrid Casares and Chris Paciello, a screen version of Dave Eggers's best seller A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, and most recently, an adaptation of Mark Richard's short-story collection The Ice at the Bottom of the World, which would star Charlize Theron.

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