HBO takes a ‘Chance’

Cable net puts drama into prod'n

HBO Films has greenlit production on the original movie “Taking Chance,” based on the true story of a volunteer assigned to accompany the body of a fallen soldier home from Iraq.

Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, was tasked with taking the body of 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps to his home in Dubois, Wyo., in spring 2004. Phelps was killed by hostile fire after being deployed to Iraq just one month earlier. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device.

“This film pays tribute to the everyday American men and women who have given their lives in Iraq,” said HBO Films prexy Colin Callender. “Regardless of one’s own politics, one cannot help but be humbled in the face of this ultimate sacrifice made by Chance and his family.”

Strobl, a Desert Storm vet, wrote the script, working closely with Phelps’ parents. Brad Krevoy and Cathy Wischner-Sola will exec produce.

Production begins this summer for a premiere next year.

Elsewhere at the network, HBO Family announced it would premiere fresh episodes of long-running British series “Postman Pat” on June 17. Channel will air a special three-day marathon of the show nightly starting May 27.

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