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Simon West to call shots in Iraq invasion film

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    Monday, October 08, 2007

    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 Films.

    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 screenplay.

    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.

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