By Anthony Breznican
Updated August 15, 2011 at 10:55 PM EDT
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After being targeted by zombies in World War Z, Brad Pitt is going to face down a worldwide cabal of assassins.

The actor is in talks to make his next project The Gray Man, an adaptation of the thriller novel by Mark Greaney, playing a CIA assassin on missions in the Middle East who learns that the extraction team coming to relieve him is actually being sent to eliminate him.

The New Regency film is aiming for a March/February start next year, according to a source close to the project. James Gray (We Own the Night) is on board to direct, and Pitt’s production company, Plan B, and his partner Dede Gardner would produce along with the Shine Group.

No date for the film’s release has been set yet, and it’s unclear who will distribute.