Pic based on secret raid on POW camp

HOLLYWOOD — Benjamin Bratt has inked to topline “The Great Raid” for Miramax. World War II actioner is based on a true incident in the last days of the war.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur organized a secret raid on a POW camp called Cabanatuan, where 500 American prisoners faced certain doom. His pick to lead the mission, the proud Army ranger Col. Henry Mucci (to be played by Bratt), was forced to get a crash course in guerrilla warfare from an AWOL Army mechanic turned guerrilla fighter.

Pic is being produced by Marty Katz, who has also just served as producer on another Miramax war pic, the remake of Zoltan Korda’s 1939 epic “The Four Feathers.” Miramax co-toppers Harvey and Bob Weinstein are exec producing with Jon Gordon.

The William Morris-repped Bratt will next be seen in the Steve Gaghan-helmed Par thriller “Abandon,” in which he toplines opposite Katie Holmes as a detective helping a college student search for her missing boyfriend.

Bratt also recently starred in the title role of Leon Ichaso’s “Pinero,” about the drug-addled Latino poet and playwright Miguel Pinero. That pic, produced by GreeneStreet, will also be distribbed by Miramax Films.

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