Robert De Niro to direct TV adaptation of The Good Shepherd

The actor will reprise his directorial role in the serialisation of his 2006 Cold War spy thriller

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Robert De Niro is set to reprise his directorial role in a TV adaptation of his 2006 film The Good Shepherd.

Directly based on the characters from his Cold War espionage thriller, the series will allow the director to develop the story beyond the original feature film.

De Niro is working with cable network Showtime and will be joined on the project by the film’s writer, Oscar winner Eric Roth, who will write and executive produce the television adaptation, reports Deadline.

Released in the UK in February 2007, The Good Shepherd is loosely based on real events and follows the turbulent early history of the US Central Intelligence Agency. De Niro starred in the original film alongside Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Michael Gambon and Alec Baldwin.  No casting announcements have yet been made for the television adaptation.

The original film grossed $100m worldwide, receiving mixed reviews upon release, but De Niro’s direction was highly praised.