Paul Greengrass has signed on to direct the adaptation of Rajiv Chandrasekaran's Imperial Life In The Emerald City for Working Title and Universal.

Lloyd Levin, who also worked with Greengrass and Working Title on United 93, will produce with Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Universal will distribute worldwide.

Chandraksearan's bestselling book is about the early days of the Iraq War, based on his experiences as The Washington Post's bureau chief in Baghdad.

Before shooting Imperial Life In The Emerald City later in 2007, Greengrass is shooting The Bourne Ultimatum for Universal.