- Excerpt from a December 20, 2000, The Hollywood Reporter article by Zorianna Kit:
'THE APPRENTICE' HAS WAINWRIGHT
LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) - Rupert Wainwright ("Stigmata") has come aboard to direct the action-thriller "The Apprentice" for Warner Bros.-based (sic) the Canton Co. and Senator Entertainment. The project does not have a start date, but it is on the fast track
"Rupert has quickly become one of the hottest new talents to emerge in Hollywood, and I believe he brings the intelligence and aesthetics to take this story to a visceral yet thinking level," Canton said.
Wainwright, repped by United Talent Agency, is attached to direct Bel-Air Entertainment's "The Twelve" and MGM's "Quiller," both of which are also on the fast track at their respective companies.
- Question from an April 29, 2000, interview published on www.joblo.com:
And what ever happened to "Quiller Solitaire"?
That was scheduled to go and then another movie came up in its place because all the elements didn't quite fall into place, so I went with the one that went quicker. So that may still happen but probably not for a while.
- Excerpt from a March 8, 2000, Variety article by Dana Harris:
JOHN TRAVOLTA MAY PLAY 'SOLITAIRE'
HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - John Travolta is circling MGM's ''Quiller Solitaire,'' the feature adaptation of an installment in Adam Hall's series of novels about a British agent.
The studio has put the James Bondish property on the fast track with hopes of turning it into an action-adventure franchise, and it is now out to directors.
Travolta's participation is contingent upon director approval, as well as the status of other projects on his slate....
- Update from an October 15, 1999, E-mail from Jean-Pierre Trevor: "Just talked to Bob McMinn (Really Useful Films/Primal Fear) in L.A. Says McTiernan off project, searching for another director, but they are going ahead with Quiller."
- Excerpt from a May 18, 1999, Variety article by Bill Higgins:
MCTIERNAN EYES 'ROLLERBALL' REMAKE
HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - McTiernan, whose credits include "Die Hard with a Vengeance" and "Last Action Hero," is also in discussions with UA over development of the "Quiller" mystery book series.
UA acquired the rights to the 18 "Quiller" mystery books with producer Gary Lucchesi in 1994. The books were written by Elleston Trevor under the pseudonym Adam Hall. One of those books, "The Quiller Memorandum," was made into a film starring George Segal as the secret agent in 1966.
- Previously reported - October, 1996: The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety have reported that United Artist has signed Martin Campbell (Goldeneye) to direct Quiller Solitaire. Gary Lucchesi (Primal Fear) and Robert McMinn (Primal Fear) will produce. Jim and John Thomas (Executive Decision) will write the screenplay. More details as they come in....