McG Pegged For Warner Bros' New Action Franchise 'Dead Spy Running'

McGMcG has gone from being mocked by Internet fanboys and girls (largely due to that name) to being adored by action geeks around the globe -- and all it really took was a Terminator and a successful reception at Comic-Con.

McG's "Terminator: Salvation" is one of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2009, and it's not much of a surprise that Warner Bros has chosen him to helm "Dead Spy Running." According to Variety, the studio won the rights to Jon Stock's novel, which is set to be published in 2009, and has been the focus for bidding wars between movie studios and book publishers alike.

The story details are being kept under wraps, but the book is the first in a trilogy, and tells the origin story of a newly trained spy. The buzz surrounding it claims Stock has completely reinvented the spy genre, and it's being described as a mix of "The Bourne Identity" and the books of John Le Carre.

Warner Bros. is obviously looking to create a James Bond style franchise out of the trilogy -- and the fact that they have handed such a hot property to McG says they're pretty confident in "Terminator: Salvation." But how "Dead Spy" and its sequels might conflict with the ones proposed for "Terminator" is anyone's guess. Nevertheless, it's obvious McG is going to be a man to watch at Warner Bros. in the coming years.

This one is for the fanboys -- have you warmed up to McG from what you've seen of "Terminator: Salvation" so far? Or is he always going to be the director of "Charlie's Angels" to you?