Washington, (ANI): Simon West has signed on to direct “Thunder
Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad". The pic is based on
Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times correspondent David
Zucchino"s nonfiction book on the April 2003 Iraq War battle. West
is also producing along with Freedom Films and Emmett/Furla
The director said that he had decided to turn the book into a
movie because Zucchino"s tome 'was one of the great accounts of
modern warfare". “When I first read Zucchino"s book, I realized
immediately it was one of the great accounts of modern warfare:
heroic, exciting, tragic and ultimately political," The Hollywood
Reporter quoted him, as saying. “I had the same feeling when I
found and developed 'Black Hawk Down" with Jerry Bruckheimer."
Zucchino, originally embedded with the US Army"s 101st Airborne
Division, found himself accidentally switched to 2nd Brigade of the
3rd Infantry Division as it entered Baghdad in what the military
calls a “thunder run." David Zucchino will also pen the
Simon West Productions" Jib Polhemus acquired the project and
will produce the film with Freedom head Brian Presley, Randall
Emmett, George Furla, West, Vance J. Owen and Lawrence Abramson.
Executive producers on the movie are “Black Hawk" writer Ken Nolan,
Emmett/Furla"s M. Dal Walton III, Freedom"s Lisa Kearns, Thad
Luckinbill and Kathryn Foster.