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Universal Pictures has signed Pierre Morel (Taken) to direct Pursuit, a thriller based on the early career of photographer Jason Howe, who slowly fell in love with a Columbian girl-turned-assassin while he was on assignment as a photojournalist. As of the moment, the studio is still searching for a screenwriter.

On March 6, 2008, Howe wrote an article about his real life experience in The Independent (here is an excerpt from the article):

“She then hit me with a confession that would both thrill and confuse me. She explained that in the months that I had been away in Iraq her role within the AUC had changed; she had joined the urban militia and become an assassin. Her job was now to eliminate informers and traitors. So far, she told me, she had killed at least 10 people in the area. I lit a cigarette and inhaled deeply, Marylin looked at me through the smoke as I exhaled, waiting to see how I would respond to what she had just told me.”

According to Variety, Morel was a photographer long before he became a director and was drawn to Howe’s photography. He then became compassionate about Howe’s real life dilemma and decided to make it a film:

“There is the sentimental side of a man in love, and a journalist trying not to become involved in the story he is covering.”

The story is almost too good to be true, but with Morel at the helm, a great thriller might be possible because the amazing story is there. As for Taken, the news is Morel is trying to come up with a sequel (surprise, surprise).

What do you think about Pursuit?