Olen Steinhauer’s critically acclaimed bestseller All The Old Knives is coming to the screen courtesy of Amazon Stidios. Chris Pine and Thandie Newton will star in the tightly wound spy thriller.

Six years ago in Vienna, terrorists took over a hundred hostages, none of them made it out alive as a rescue attempt went horribly wrong. This was the greatest failure of the Vienna station of the CIA.

Henry Pelham and Celia Harrison were lovers and CIA case officers in Vienna at the time. Following the tragedy Celia quit the CIA and is now married, with children in the idyllic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Henry remained in Vienna.

Now, as they meet for dinner in Carmel and begin to reminisce on their past lives, talk inevitably turns to the incident they were both involved in. As the conversation unfolds and old wounds are reopened it becomes increasingly clear that they may not even make it out of the restaurant alive.

The author also wrote the screenplay adaption and ZeroZeroZero director Janus Metz will be in the big chair after taking over from Neil Burger. The project has been in some stage of development since 2014.
Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz and Nick Wechsler will produce.