25th anniversary of 'Nam War reignites scribe's interest
Warner Bros. has caught producer David Foster’s pitch “Cold Fire,” a military thriller set in modern-day Vietnam from scribe Ron Roose.
Roose, formerly a Hollywood film editor, most recently penned the script to Warner Bros.’ upcoming Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer “Collateral Damage,” which Foster is producing with Bel Air’s Steve Reuther and Howard Koch.
A former Vietnam war protester who participated in sit-ins at the Pentagon, Roose said that this year’s newspaper headlines covering the 25th anniversary of the war’s end reignited his interest in the subject.
Jon Amiel, helmer of such thrillers as “Copycat” and Paramount’s Sean Connery/Catherine Zeta-Jones starrer “Entrapment,” is attached to helm “Cold Fire” and will supervise Roose’s development of a script.
“I’ve always been interested in the war and the effect it had on people’s lives, but I never felt qualified, as I was a Brit of the wrong generation,” Amiel said.
“Cold Fire” concerns the son of a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who returns to present-day Vietnam. Himself a photog, he has been given the assignment of reshooting and updating the famed work of a man he hardly knew. But upon arrival, the son is drawn into his father’s old life — and into a sinister web of intrigue surrounding his supposedly accidental death.
Roose, the editor on such pics as this year’s “Whatever It Takes” as well as “Hoffa” and “Star Trek VI,” said the role of screenwriter has him reflecting on the process of filmmaking as he is writing “Cold Fire.”
“Editing, of course, is the final process and screenwriting is the beginning,” Roose said. “It does help having been on the other end: Sometimes I say, ‘Let’s get to the meat of this scene.’ But I’m finding that the growth of an idea takes its own time.”
Foster will produce the project at Warners; he is also producing MGM’s “Hart’s War.” Warner Bros. exec veepee of production Robert Guralnick will supervise for the studio.
Roose is repped by the William Morris Agency, Amiel by Martha Luttrell at International Creative Management.