20. THE MIERNIK DOSSIER, BY CHARLES MCCARRY (1973)

Status: Not in development

2011’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy reminded us just how great the spy genre can be on film when done right. It also made us realize that the world is in dire need of an adaptation of Charles McCarry’s The Miernik Dossier. Like any spy book worth its salt, the story puts its focus on a group of international agents who are attempting to prove that there is a traitor in their midst. The book itself is set up in the form of fictionalized communications and dossiers that all come together to paint a clear picture of espionage and betrayal.

If the movie version could change a few details here and there, and implement narration and flashbacks to its advantage, then it should be able to capture the unique style of the book. It is also important to point out that McCarry used to work for the CIA before writing this book, so there would be a level of authenticity here that isn’t present in most spy movies.