Former James Bond portrayer Pierce Brosnan has been tapped to star in a screen adaptation of Stuart Neville’s razor-sharp 2009 debut novel, The Ghosts of Belfast (Soho), which was published in the UK under a much less distinctive title, The Twelve. However, in this case names won’t matter at all, because the movie version currently being written by CBS late-night talk-show host Craig Ferguson and Ferguson’s head writer, Ted Mulkerin, will most likely leave the gate as Last Man Out.
The Hollywood Reporter has said that Neville’s thriller “details the story of a former IRA hitman who, released from prison after serving 20 years for murder, is haunted by the memory of his victims. He can find no peace until he takes revenge on their behalf.”
The picture will be directed by Terry Loane (Mickybo and Me, Cluck) and will be produced by Ferguson, Steve Clark-Hall, Beau St. Clair, Rebecca Tucker, and Jonathan Loughran. Filming will begin at the end of 2013. Neville’s fans don’t have to wait that long for something new, though. His most recent novel, a historical thriller called Ratlines, was released at the beginning of last month. “A brilliant character study of a man of real honour,” crowed The Globe and Mail.