By Solvej Schou
Updated January 29, 2013 at 09:25 PM EST
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Fresh on the heels of his upcoming adventure The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski is set to helm and produce a live action adaptation of the North Korea-set graphic novel Pyongyang by Guy Delisle.

New Regency announced Tuesday it’s teaming up with Verbinski’s production company Blind Wink on the film, about “outsourcing run amok when a young animator sent to North Korea is accused of espionage,” according to a press release. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty screenwriter Steve Conrad is working on the script.

Verbinski, who also directed saucy animated film Rango and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and other Depp-Disney offshoots, is in post-production on The Lone Ranger, set for release this summer.

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