Ford starrer based on 'Fallujah' tome

Harrison Ford is attached to play one of the key characters in an ensemble drama that marks the first major feature project about the current war in Iraq.

Universal-based Double Feature partners Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher have optioned the upcoming book “No True Glory: The Battle for Fallujah” through their Universal Pictures discretionary fund.

Book, which Bantam will publish in May, was written by Bing West, an ex-Marine and former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs who is now a foreign correspondent covering the Iraq war. West will write the script with son Owen, a longtime Marine rifleman who left the service to become a trader at Goldman Sachs but returned to fight in Iraq for a year.

Shamberg and Sher will produce with Carla Santos Shamberg, a Double Features exec who is overseeing the project.

“No True Glory” will use the Fallujah assault as a way to explore the dangerous intersection of war and politics, depicting the drama from the viewpoints of soldiers, military leaders and politicians.

After four Americans were mutilated and hanged in Fallujah, the White House ordered an assault on the insurgent stronghold to be led by Gen. Jim Mattis (to be played by Ford). Marine forces devastated the opposition and were 48 hours away from taking control of Fallujah when the White House abruptly ordered them to stop. The Marines lost 28 soldiers the first time around and added another 50 fatalities after the White House ordered them to go back and finish the job six months later.

Double Feature, which has a first-look deal at Universal, has also been working with Ford on a medical drama based on the book “For His Sick Kid.”

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